On Tuesday and Thursday Jen took us through a crash course on linguistics and language learning techniques. They do not know Ilocano but are fluent in Tagalog. Apparently, the structure and grammar of most of the Filipino languages is very similar. Regardless of that, their intent was not to teach us language, but techniques for learning language.
As part of the training we received, Jen gave a 15 minute demonstration of how a language lesson should look. On Wednesday we went to several villages with them where they are establishing churches (more on that later). While there, Lisa was listening as Steve asked one of the villagers a question for her. She was excited to see how she was able to pick out a couple words and have an idea of what the response was even before Steve told her.
Another language related thing about our time with them in the village was that we had the opportunity to practice the techniques they taught us. There was a man there who knows Ilocano. With Jen there to help guide us, we were able to try the things she was teaching us. It was good practice. In my former career, we would have called it a training performance evaluation. We passed and are now qualified to try to learn Ilocano using the Hagen language learning method. Now we just need to do it.