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I help people learn languages so that they can communicate God's story to people that don't have a Bible in their language yet.
Interests: language learning, Growing Participator Approach, language coaching, storying, Bible translation, West Africa, Top Chef, microwave cooking, reading, nieces, Teva flip flops
Recent Activity
I got this Go Fish game at a thrift store in a bag with other cards. I was about to redonate it, because I don't think I particularly need to learn how to say "guppy." But then I realized that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Nora McNamara
A few people had a great question after they read about me finding a language parent (helper, friend) with a flyer. What about paying them? Do you? Why didn't you mention it on your flyer? Yep, I pay. Because let... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Nora McNamara
Info gap games are one of my absolute favorite language learning activities! They're great when I'm just starting to talk, using my new vocabulary with a lot of help from my language parent. I found these compare and contrast cards... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at Nora McNamara
Someone just asked me what I meant when I said in my blog post The Four Things You Need to Learn Any Language that I have found language parents by sending out flyers. Let me tell you how that worked!... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Nora McNamara
Help! I want to learn a language but I can't take your class! Last month someone said this to me, I hear it pretty frequently. So, I decided to blog the advice and resources that are my go to. Many... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Nora McNamara
The Bible. There’s nothing as life-giving as God’s Spirit speaking through God's Word. During my time in Bible storying ministry I’ve begun to ask myself 5 questions about passages I read. That, and retelling Scripture in everyday language have brought... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Nora McNamara
Over 20 years ago, I was preparing to head into the mission field. Life was full of unknowns, huge dreams, and a strange mix of anticipation and terror! One thing that God used to anchor me through that season of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Nora McNamara
One of the biggest questions I get is “What does Nora actually do with Wycliffe Bible Translators?” Here’s a story that illustrates precisely what I do. Kelly (not her real name), a young missionary in her 30s from Asia moved... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Nora McNamara
In January and February this year I had the honor of equipping 13 new missionaries for language learning. Our students are preparing to head into the mission field. For them life is fast, white knuckle, and often a unique mix... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Nora McNamara
Singing the Do It Yourself Messiah is my absolute favorite thing to do ever. I love going with my friends, but I have met really interesting people going by myself too. The first year I went, a woman came by,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Nora McNamara
"...several different groups of bilinguals were more immune to common cognitive biases when making decisions in their second languages than in their native tongues." I just read this blurb on one of my favorite languagenerdblogs, nerdily titled Language Log. There's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Nora McNamara
Called? Back in 2006 I got to tell some stories about how I came to serve overseas at Cornerstone Music Festival. I'm getting ready to go to Audiofeed, a music festival born out of Cornerstone to tell some stories, if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Nora McNamara
About a week after Mom died last August, we got this picture in the mail. It's Mom and two of her friends on the Andrea Doria. Not the trip where it sank. Mom's on the left. A story I heard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Nora McNamara
I just watched a pretty interesting TED talk about the pictures we take and show back in the States of Africa. I like the concept she brings up of an ethics of seeing. The good stuff starts at about 8:24. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2011 at Nora McNamara
Mary had a whole cabinet full of silk blouses that she'd bought at the market. She used to cut them up and use the cloth to make really beautiful things. She lived near mmmBELLYmay land, and was a friend. Blogging... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Nora McNamara
This is Buddy, who just died in mmmBELLYmay land, probably of old age. He was a good boy. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at Nora McNamara
I love knowing exactly where I stand in mmmBELLYmay land-when I goof it up, when I get it right. That's the great thing about my mmmBELLY-friends, like Leon in the picture. He's so patient while I try and try again,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at Nora McNamara
My friend Coleen calls me St. Nora the Perpeptually Lost. She's right. So of course my GPS is my most prized possession. But, it doesn't work in mmmBELLYmay land. We don't really have addresses there. Or street names. Stuff like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Nora McNamara
I just love it when we singles take care of each other. There's just something so right about it. A few nights ago I got together with some friends that used to be part of a group called the, um,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Nora McNamara
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Posted Feb 20, 2011 at Nora McNamara
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Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Nora McNamara
Here's the first part of Eddie Arthur's series on why we should give the Bible when people are in need. Great stuff. This is the first part of my answer to the question of why we should bother translating the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Nora McNamara
Eddie Arthur is a great guy, and the director of Wycliffe UK. He doesn't remember, but we ate pizza together at Greenfields in West Africa several years ago. To be fair, there were about 20 of us sitting at one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at Nora McNamara
How did I not know about this? Click on the link to see th ewhole article, or click on the picture of the text to be able to read it. My father is fond of telling me that a linguist... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Nora McNamara
So I'm testing stories, and I'm nervous again because God's story and my friend's worldview are coming more and more into conflict. This time, I'm worried about the piece where Mary was pregnant with Jesus through God's power. I mean,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Nora McNamara