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Just a little tribute to Marlon.
Last year, same time, same place (Chagauramas), I was attending a bbq, held by some of the boaters that had boats in the area. There happened to be a lot of French and German boaters, and I gravitated to the German-speaking people, because the boat I was on at the time was German-owned. Well, we got the bbq going, everyone cooked the food he/she brought with them, and we were sitting, or standing, chatting while eating. I heard a couple of people speaking German behind me, so I turned and smiled and I was shocked to see one of the local guys speaking fluent German to one of the other boaters. I was shocked, not because he spoke German, it's just that I had heard him speaking the day before, in a heavy 'Trinni' accent. The Trinidadian speech, to the unfamiliar, and especially to someone whose first language isn't English, is almost impossible to follow when it is being spoken quickly. So here was this guy, the very next day, standing there speaking fluent German.
To me, and many others I've spoken to, the German language is tough to grasp. I even know of a few people who took a stab at German and quickly gave up. Yet here was this gentleman, in backwater Chagauramas, a place that was jungle only 15 years ago, speaking perfect German. Of course, I had to go over and talk to him. To my surprise, he told me that he learned to speak German by himself, no classes, no lessons. He's one of the guys that works at Power Boats, one of the boatyards here in Chagauramas.
I was happy to see that he is still here in Chagauramas. He was having dinner with some of the other German boaters, sitting at the head of the table, to boot. So I chatted with him a bit and found out that he just had a real drive to learn German and Russian, and whenever he came in contact with German-speaking people, which is just about every day, they would give him German newspapers, magazines, and novels, and he would use them, combined with the little 'DK Eyewitness Travel Guide German Phrase Book,' to become fluent in the German language. He is always invited by the German boaters to attend dinners, and he's been doing that for the last 3 years or so.
So, hat's off to Marlon, a very impressive, and determined person. And, a heck of a nice guy!