Evelyn Stones
By no means! I would just like to be deserving of it.
Wed Aug 29, 2018 22:22

Evelyn's eyes lit up as Tatiana spoke. "That's incredible!" she announced, admiring the older student in a new way. "You can think of the world with two sets of words and ideas." Evelyn thought it was wonderful that Tatiana's sister could speak three languages but didn't want to sound like she thought that was any better than two, so she didn't comment on that. "I would imagine that makes school harder sometimes, because you have to think of all the words twice and figure out which ones you'd like to use, but I think that means you're much smarter than everybody else. I wish I knew more than just English." She half frowned at the thought but perked up quickly.

Hearing Tatiana actually use a Russian word was thrilling and Evelyn was inspired then and there to find a way to learn more languages than just English. She thought it a bit odd that she hadn't before, considering her love of Hinduism and other world lores. She had picked up a few words here and there but nothing she could pronounce accurately and no semblance of fluency by any means.

"I'm not sure exactly. My family stays in the same place all year, although we used to go on vacation and visit other towns for short periods of time in the summer." She smiled a bit, remembering those happier times in the distant past. "I grew up near the ocean so we didn't ever have to go far to find some beautiful scenery."

Taking a moment to consider, she decided she was most curious about this word-- dachniki, which was not pronounced correctly even in her thoughts-- and this book. "Is it a story book? Or is it informational?"

  • Too much? Would you like me to cut back?Tatiana Vorontsova, Mon Aug 27 23:45
    Tatiana smiled, pleased, at the compliment on her jewelry. “Thank you very much,” she said, touching the one she was wearing today. Metal clinked against metal as the bracelets on her wrist slid down ... more
    • By no means! I would just like to be deserving of it. — Evelyn Stones, Wed Aug 29 22:22
      • You don't seem to have done anything not to deserve it.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 30 08:53
        Tatiana was not entirely sure what the first year meant, but she realized it was complimentary and could not help but look pleased. “It is hard,” she admitted of languages. “English is not as good as ... more
        • I'm glad you think so.Evelyn Stones, Thu Aug 30 11:42
          Evelyn was surprised at first to hear that Tatiana thought English was 'not as good as Russian' but then figured she had the right to think that. She also wasn't sure whether she meant the language... more
          • For whatever my opinion's worth.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 30 16:26
            Bah, she had gotten the word wrong again. She knew it as soon as she heard Evelyn say the one she had wanted. At least, she thought, she could understand the question and the form within it now…. “Go ... more
            • Quite a lot, I should imagine.Evelyn Stones, Thu Aug 30 21:24
              "Glaciers!" Evelyn offered, excited. "That's the big ice that stays on the water all the time. I've only seen them in pictures, that must be amazing." And humbling. One reason Evelyn loved the ocean... more
              • I imagine there are those who would disagree.Tatiana Vorontsova, Sun Sep 9 19:38
                “Glash-sheer,” repeated Tatiana, committing the new word to memory when Evelyn provided the specific term for the big ice in English. “We say lednik . Thank you.” She was pleased to hear that Katya... more
                • Then they are not important.Evelyn Stones, Mon Sep 10 01:05
                  Evelyn listened with a sort of silent awe as Tatiana spoke of her sister. That she used a nickname, Katya, was surprising enough, but that she spoke of her so kindly really got to Evelyn. She tried... more
                  • That's a bit of a broad statement.Tatiana Vorontsova, Mon Sep 10 18:17
                    Are you two close? Tatiana was more or less accustomed to the times when two words sounded or looked the same but meant nothing like the same thing in English, but sometimes individual words still... more
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