It would be bad if glitter made you jittery.
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:01

Wearing. Tatiana had forgotten that word. Ruefully, however, she realized she probably would have remembered it had she not been thinking the wrong way about the question – she had thought that was so obvious that it hadn’t occurred to her to try to think of it….

“That so,” said Tatiana.

She understood the words he was using now that he said them, but wasn’t sure she could have come up with them. Of course, she wasn’t sure she couldn’t have, either. It was funny how vocabulary came and went, when it wasn’t just annoying. She could also hear that his English wasn’t exactly like other people’s, either. That made him Doryanmontor – or Montordoryan – or something similar to that. She tried to pay attention during roll calls, but it didn’t always work so well, not least because she couldn’t always tell what was a given name and what was a family name.

He was kind enough to clarify this a moment later, if only by telling her what he’d like to be called. He said it a bit differently than some of the teachers, but it was definitely the ‘Doryan’ bit of the name. Tatiana nodded and pointed to herself. “I am Tatiana,” she said. She thought the difference between her first name and family name should have been obvious, but since they persisted in calling her Vorontsov in the roll calls as though she was a boy, she thought it was better to be safe than sorry.

Tatiana knew what Quebec was, more or less – it was part of Canada, the country her place was attached to. Other side of the continent, though. They were not English there, she remembered, which explained some things. She nodded. “I am from…Alaska. Volshebnaya Derevnya. We talk in Russian there. Mama is of Russia.” She sorted through vocabulary words in her head. “Quebec – you talk French, yes? Papa parle français, mais mon - très mauvais,” admitted Tatiana. She thoroughly expected to be laughed at for the mistakes no doubt in that sentence, but she imagined he must miss hearing people speak French as much as she missed hearing people speak Russian. “So Papa – Papa says I have teacher English instead,” she said, as her French was, as she had admitted, very bad.

  • Depends how annoying you find glitterDorian, Mon Sep 18 03:17
    It turned out he was sitting with Tatiana. Dorian had, by now, gathered the names of most people via the roll call, and the fact that it was an exceedingly small year. He hadn’t talked to Tatiana... more
    • It would be bad if glitter made you jittery. — Tatiana, Mon Sep 18 11:01
      • Oh. She was Alaskan. So, technically, Tatiana was not an international student. Luckily, she didn’t seem to mind his error. He felt he was very fortunate not to be pulled up on that one or to have... more
        • Good thing it doesn't seem to be, then.Tatiana, Wed Sep 20 20:47
          Tatiana had never managed to get the hang of French even with true teachers, but her eyes lit up at the idea of a language exchange with Dorian and Jehan just the same. That would, she reasoned, be... more
          • “I’m sure,” Dorian nodded, when she asked if Jehan would help her too. He thought that the Club of Tongues might take a different direction than his and Jehan’s previous plans to read poetry together ... more
            • How could they not?Tatiana, Fri Sep 22 11:24
              Tatiana nodded in sympathy when Dorian mentioned that all the English gave him a headache sometimes. “Me, too,” said Tatiana. “Not as bad as first – then it sounds like many chickens!” she laughed,... more
              • It does go everywhere...Dorian, Sat Sep 30 00:43
                “Yes!” he laughed, when Tatiana compared the simultaneous cacophony of English speakers to chickens. “It is so much when many people speak it at one time. At home, maybe two people at one time, and... more
                • Tatiana nodded to the description of Jehan. “Yes,” she agreed. “He seems so.” If Tatiana understood the rest of Dorian’s speech properly, he was saying that at his home, they switched languages all... more
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