Mon Jan 14, 2019 06:24

"Potions," Zara supplied, when Johana-Leonie did a clear mime of stirring a cauldron.

"It's ok," she assured her, when the other girl apologised. She didn't understand any of the rest of the words that went into the apology but she didn't really think Johana-Leonie needed to apologise for anything. Zara was concerned that she was going to struggle with classes as it was rapidly becoming apparent that she really had not been being modest about her level of English but... well, she or her parents had chosen to send her here, and the school had accepted so they must all have thought it would be workable.

"I like potions a bit," she added, making a so-so gesture with her hand. "I'm too impatient," she added with a laugh, before considering that, as Johana-Leonie lacked the basic vocabulary to name her subjects, it was unlikely that she knew this word. She considered how to explain

"Potions take a long time," she mimed stirring again, and then made a circle on the face of her watch to indicate time passing, then repeated both motions. "I get..." she rested her chin on her hand, huffed and glanced at her watch. "I want to do Charms," she mimed, using her knife as a wand, and swished and flicked it. As there were a lot of wand-based subjects, she lifted a pepperpot that had been roughly in line with her knife and made it glide upwards.

"Yes," she answered, with a big grin and a thumbs up when Johana-Leonie returned her question about being excited. She wanted to say she was excited because she liked adventures or explain about her sister and cousins staying home but that seemed compicated. It was sort of fun trying to work out how to do everything via charades but really frustrating when you couldn't. Zara was the kind of person who was used to just putting it all out there and it felt weird to have to hold back so many of her thoughts. Getting to know each other on any meaningful level seemed like it was going to be time-consuming if not impossible. And this train of thought was probably why Zara had just edged into Teppenpaw over Pecari. Because, impatient though she felt at the thought of slowing down, the final stop on the journey was that it must be a million times worse for Johana-Leonie. Zara could find other people to talk to later, and could lapse back into conversation that was easy for her at any time. Johana-Leonie could not.

At least she seemed excited, rather than overwhelmed. That was positive, and it meant they had a feeling in common.

"Who is in your family?" she asked, following on from her own thoughts about home, and hoping that the English 101 level of the question would make it answerable even without mime.

  • Genau!Johanna Leonie Zauberhexen, Sun Jan 13 01:43
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    • Uh...maybe? — Zara, Mon Jan 14 06:24
      • Du bist nett.Johana Leonie Zauberhexen, Mon Jan 14 17:33
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        • I'm not what?Zara, Mon Jan 14 19:52
          "Yes," Zara confirmed, when Johana-Leonie asked if she understood. "That's cool," she smiled, slipping into the more colloquial way of talking because it was just such a habitual response. Zara found ... more
          • Nein, Nett!Johana Leonie Zauberhexen, Mon Jan 14 21:31
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            • .... neat? Zara, Wed Jan 16 07:48
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              • *smiley face* Nett!Johana Leonie Zauberhexen, Thu Jan 17 16:30
                Johana Leonie was fairly certain Zara was making some pretty snipped sentences and she wasn't sure if she was more grateful or embarrassed. She was proud of her German heritage and language, but it... more
                • Nice?Zara, Fri Jan 18 06:52
                  “Nice,” Zara smiled, as Johana-Leonie explained that they made both Muggle and magical remedies. The word ‘medicine’ was similar enough that she assumed Johana-Leonie was saying it in English, just... more
                  • Ja! Du bist nett!Johana Leonie Zauberhexen, Fri Jan 18 14:28
                    Johana Leonie indulged in a small slump. She reached for a potato and dug into the little guy as Zara spoke and she considered her words carefully. There were bits and pieces she thought she... more
                    • Aw. Thanks. You too :-)Zara, Sun Jan 20 00:34
                      She seemed to have got some of the message across. It was strange just hearing single words echoed back to her of her own comments, but it seemed to be Johana-Leonie’s way of confirmed what she’d... more
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