I haven't learned much Kinyarwanda yet--French is far more useful on the margin--but after a colleague showed me a phrase book (a scanned page of which is below), I'm having second thoughts:
After all, what if I'm stuck helpless in a situation where the following phrase might be needed?
- Of what use are these little things? Just take them.
- Outside help comes when the rain is over.
- I'd rather die than give it up.
- I worked harder than the others, but you didn't see it.
- I'm wet (from the rain). I'm going to find shelter.
- Who is the mother of this child?
- It's my paternal uncle that you saw, my maternal uncle is dead.
- Learning to whistle skins the mouth.
And my personal favorite:
- The child's small hands deprive him of his share of the sorghum.