AY Honors/Language Study/Answer Key
To earn this honor requires achieving reasonable proficiency in a language that is not your native language.
Translating by sight means that you must be able to translate the passage without the use of a foreign-language dictionary.
If you have difficulty finding an article in the language of your choice, try visiting one of Google's news pages hosted for a country where that language is spoken:
You may also visit the Page of the Wikipedia website and find a list of languages in the drop down menu. There are millions of articles in numerous languages there. You will find translation much easier when you choose an article about a familiar topic.
The requirement that the selected language be modern reminds us that this honor is in the Outreach category. The purpose of this honor is so that the Pathfinder will be able to share the gospel with speakers of this language, so a dead language (such as Latin, Ancient Greek, or Ancient Hebrew) does not qualify.
If you are new to the language, you might find this requirement easier if you choose a topic ahead of time. For example, you might wish to talk about a recent camping trip or a recent vacation. Just remember that this is supposed to be a conversation, not a monologue. You can also talk about family or school:
- How many brothers do you have?
- How old is your father?
- Where were you born?
- Where were your parents born?
- Where do (did) you go to school?
- What is your favorite subject?
These topics of conversation help to establish a relationship with another person. Once that has been accomplished the Pathfinder may venture into the other topics (such as the gospel).
If you are new to the language, you might find it helpful to watch a video of the speaker. That way you can back up and re-listen to any parts that gave you difficulty. If you have access to a broadband Internet connection, you can find videos in other languages on Youtube at the following locations:
Youtube is available for many more countries than those listed here. To find them, visit http://Youtube.com and look for the "Site" link in the upper right hand corner. Clicking that link will display a drop-down menu showing which countries are available.
Of course it may also be possible to bring a native speaker to a meeting and have him or her address your club in person.
When this requirement was written, getting Pen Pals was a very popular pastime. Children would send in their names and addresses to Guide Magazine in hopes that another child would write them a letter. Sometimes these pen pals would become lifelong friends, keeping in touch well into adulthood, or even serving as a member of their pen pal's wedding party. In this day and age though, publishing a child's name and address is considered extremely dangerous, so the practice has been discontinued.
However, we now have the Internet. You can easily find a message board or a forum that uses the language you have chosen to study and correspond with them that way. An extended conversation of at least 500 words over multiple posts should be sufficient.
We present the Pledge and Law in several languages here. If the language you have chosen is not represented here, we encourage you to add so others can benefit.
In Spanish, the Pathfinders calls themselves Conquistadores.
Source: Recursos y Materiales del Ministerio de Clubes JA
Por la gracia de Dios,
La ley del Conquistador me manda a:
In Portuguese, the Pathfinders call themselves Desbravadores.
Source: Site oficial dos Desbravadores
Pela graça de Deus
A Lei dos Desbravadores ordena-me:
In French, the Pathfinders call themselves Explorateurs.
Avec l'aide de Dieu, avec votre aide et dans la joie, je veux être le serviteur de Dieu, je veux respecter et aimer les autres, je veux observer la loi des Explorateur J.A. et en approfondir les valeurs.
In Italian, the Pathfinders call themselves Esploratores.
Source: Gioventù Avventista
Con la grazia di Dio voglio essere amabile, leale e puro voglio essere servitore di Dio e amico di tutti, voglio osservare la legge degli Esploratori.
"Im Vertrauen auf Gottes Hilfe will ich christliche Pfadfinderin/christlicher Pfadfinder sein und nach unseren Regeln mit Euch leben."
Das Pfadfinderregeln des BdP (Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder)
Quelle: Bundesordnung des BdP (Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder)
You may have to do a little digging to discover this information about your area, and it is entirely possible that your vicinity does not have a foreign population speaking your language of choice. If this is the case, see if you can discover the nearest community of people who do speak that language.
Note: After your choice of a modern foreign language has been made, obtain a suitable textbook in that language and study it thoroughly.
Wikibooks provides several textbooks to help English speakers learn other languages. These are in various states of development, but some are suitable for this purpose now. You can find a list here.
General guidance on learning a new language can be found in Wikibooks [How to Learn a Language].