I think mine are all pretty good.
Thu Aug 24, 2017 13:28

Tatiana smiled kindly at Parker’s attempt to say ‘chicken.’ It needed more emphasis on the first syllable, but considering she was not the best at pronouncing words in his language, either, she couldn’t really say anything.

“Yes, kuritsa,” said Tatiana, nodding. “That is how we say it.”

Lyssa. That almost sounded like a name, or at least a diminutive. Tatiana nodded to let him know she had understood that was his sister’s name. “No,” she said of her own brothers and sisters. “Katya and Alexei – little brother – they are too….” She searched for the word. “Short,” she said, holding her hand about level with her own shoulder. “They are eight, three. Little. Anya and Sophie and Grisha – they went to the school which in Russia. They are bigger.” Tatiana raised her chin slightly as she proudly announced, “Papa said for me to go here because I learned to speak English with Grisha.”

It was more complicated than that, of course. Tatiana had begun by just wandering into Grisha’s lessons because she liked being with her brother, and then she had realized he was getting to learn something she wasn’t. She had not liked that and had complained and picked up as much as she could from Grisha’s lessons until Papa relented and started letting her learn English formally, a program which had abruptly intensified a year and a half ago when Anton Petrovich had joined their staff and had begun teaching her almost exclusively in English. However, saying as much as she had in English, thinking through how to make things go in the right tenses and in more or less the right order and with so many extra words in place, had made her head awfully tired and so she did not feel up to telling that whole story at the end of a long day. “Your brother, sister – they are here?” she asked, moving the talking back to him.

  • Siblings can be good ... or badParker Fitzgerald, Thu Aug 24 11:33
    "Currytsa", Parker said outloud trying to remember the word. He remembered that Jose enjoyed it when people made an effort to speak in his language. Jose said it made him feel welcomed. Parker felt... more
    • I think mine are all pretty good. — Tatiana, Thu Aug 24 13:28
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        • That could be good or bad.Tatiana, Fri Aug 25 14:30
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