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Heinrich Hexenmeister
We have that in common
Sat Feb 10, 2018 09:13

His very first thought when the other first year spoke and said something completely incomprehensible was that it couldn't possibly be even English. Much of English was incomprehensible to him, but he felt he knew enough by now that he could at least recognize when it was being spoken, and that wasn't it. That somehow made him feel more confident in his English skills, because as foreign as it still sounded, it wasn't that foreign.

His second thought was relief. Relief that he wasn't the only one letting their native language slip out without meaning to. He felt a sudden kinship toward Masha. They didn't speak the same native language, but they seemed at least to be in same position of being utterly surrounded by the unfamiliar. It was good to know he wasn't the only one. Uncle Karl said Sonora was friendly toward international students, but it suddenly seemed a lot easier knowing he wasn't the only one in his year group.

"Thank you, Masha," he said again, careful this time to use their shared second language, and took some plain white rice. "I am from Germany," he told her, so she knew what the language was that he occasionally slipped into. "My German still comes out sometimes, too. What language was that? Where come you from?"

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    • We have that in common — Heinrich Hexenmeister, Sat Feb 10 09:13
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