Johana Leonie Zauberhexen
Du bist nett.
Mon Jan 14, 2019 17:33

Johana Leonie wasn't sure if everyone in the world was this patient, but she was amazed at her luck so far. Between Hilda and now Zara, Johana Leonie couldn't imagine having gotten any more fortunate in her first Sonoran acquaintances. Her English was clearly much worse than she had expected, but she chocked some of it up to nerves. She had gotten through basic conversation with patients, hopefully more of it would come out here soon.

When Zara turned the conversation in a way that kept the topics familiar and easy, Johana Leonie thanked her with a wide grin. "Potions!" she repeated. "Ja!" She wasn't precisely sure what Zara didn't like about potions, but it was clear that it wasn't her favorite subject and she offered an understanding nod. Or at least a sympathetic one. She was worried for a moment when Zara huffed, but decided it was more out of concentration and effort than dislike of the conversation.

"Charms," Johana Leonie repeated, understanding that word. She wasn't sure why she knew that one, although she remembered being confused why Americans had a cereal, a piece on a bracelet, an amulet, a knick knack, and a branch of magic, all named basically the same thing. She was pretty sure there were princes and flirty people named Charming, too.

When the topic changed to family, Johana Leonie smiled. That was nearly the same word in German and she knew that one for sure. She'd told patients about her family and those were much easier words, not least of all because they were often so similar in both languages. She wasn't precisely sure whether Zara was asking where her family was or who they were or what they did, though, so she settled on describing all of it.

"My brother," she said, listing him first on her fingers. "He smaller," she added, holding a hand up near her head to show that he wasn't that much smaller than she was. She couldn't remember the word for younger so figured it was close enough. "My brother name Friederike Albert. Mother und father," she finished counting two more fingers. She wanted to add that most of the community was her family, but wasn't sure how to explain that one. "My Familie is a healer. Large sick people come. Tränke-- oder, potions. My family..." she mimicked stirring a cauldron again. "Potions of sick people."

Her shoulders sagged with the effort of formulating her sentences. "Are you understanding?" she asked, familiar with the word she'd heard conjugated a thousand ways in English conversations, usually with 'I don't' preceding it.

  • Uh...maybe?Zara, Mon Jan 14 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... more
    • Du bist nett. — Johana Leonie Zauberhexen, Mon Jan 14 17:33
      • 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
          "Ja, coole," Johana Leonie laughed, using the borrowed form. "Making potions! Das ist das word! Making." She was satisfied that her description of her brother was appropriate when Zara offered that... more
          • .... neat? Zara, Wed Jan 16 07:48
            Zara grinned upon hearing Johana-Leonie utter the word "cool," or something very like it. If she had mastered that word already, they would be just fine. "At home," Zara replied, when Johana-Leonie... more
            • *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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