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Wed Sep 20, 2017 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 like friends, friends she could feel sure were not laughing at her too much or at least not more than she was laughing at them – all in good fun at worst. That she had never attempted to teach anyone Russian, regarding it simply as the most reasonable language to speak and others as academic accomplishments, was another thing that did not trouble her as she nodded enthusiastically.

“Yes, yes!” she said. “You think Jehan help me English as well? We can be club! Club of – tongues!” She knew that word could mean ‘languages,’ but she was also pretty sure it wasn’t the right one. As long as he understood her, though, she didn’t much care at the moment. “The fun, we will have!”

She frowned at his boot. “It shape on a shape,” said Tatiana. “Like – other boy says ‘daw-nut.’ Has a hole in it that is not bad. Was – “ English tenses were horrible – “put there for reason. To be pretty.”

She, personally, would try to expand it over the rain boot and make the whole boot have a pretty pattern, but she couldn’t explain all that in English and it was, after all, Dorosha’s boot to make. Tatiana had her own not-entirely-hideous shoes to deal with. And, perhaps more difficult, her own distinctly not-Russian word to say just so, lest she end up on her back with a buffalo on her chest. Papa liked to laugh and say his little daughter was as strong as a man, but Tatiana did not want to test this by adding the weight of a buffalo to her ribcage and seeing if the latter could withstand the presence of the former on top of it.

“Br – “ she began, then stuck on the stupid letter. There was no ‘s’ in Russian; it made the sound like с, except when it abruptly didn’t and instead sounded more like з (a letter with its own additional character making the same sound! Anton Petrovich had pointed out that ц could as easily be replaced by тс, at least to a learner’s ear, but Tatiana had not considered this a good argument for stupid English letters that used four shapes to say the same thing). Listening to her new friend, she thought he made it sound like a combination of с and з, which did not help her dilemma much. Could she make that sound? She was trying when suddenly, a pop from the next desk whipped her head around and her gaze back to her fellow non-native.

“Why you have those?” asked Tatiana when he glared at the balloons. “And you know their called in English?” she asked, figuring she shouldn’t miss an opportunity to add a new word to her vocabulary if he had it.

  • 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
      • “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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