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Katerina Vorontsov
I suspect context can make 'it' a real headache of a word.
Mon Sep 10, 2018 17:37
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Heinrich. That was not a Russian name at all, of course – she had figured out reading history that someone Germans called Heinrich and the English called Henry, Russians would call Genrikh; Katya had practiced the ‘huh’ sound a lot, between English and German lessons, but it still never sounded quite natural to her somehow, a hurdle she had yet to conquer in her efforts to master languages far removed from her mother tongue – but both the boy’s name and his accent were European rather than American, and so among the more euphonious ones she had heard lately.

“It is nice to meet you, Heinrich,” said Katya, in the careful, formal English of one who knew the language primarily from books and dialogues with a teacher. “My name is Katerina Vorontsov.” She was pleased to remember not to include her patronymic or the last syllable of her surname, in the English manner. It seemed less pressing with another outsider, as someone else with an accent was less likely to force her to endure a second experience of being publicly humiliated in that way at least, but she was determined to get it right.

“I do not – remember you at Orientation,” she added, stumbling slightly as she tried to work around tense shifts and a verb she was not, in this moment, one hundred percent sure of. “You are a second year? What do you think of Sonora?”

  • 'It' is a pronoun whose meaning changes by contextHeinrich Hexenmeister, Mon Sep 10 07:11
    Heinrich was glad to be in second year. There were a lot of other problems associated to this year, but being the older half of the beginners was not one of them. He had a handle on how most subjects ... more
    • I suspect context can make 'it' a real headache of a word. — Katerina Vorontsov, Mon Sep 10 17:37
      • He smiled back at Katya. For a moment, Heinrich couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with Katya’s English. It followed all the grammatical rules he knew, and almost could have come right out of... more
        • And tenses. Don't get me started on tenses.Katerina, Mon Sep 17 20:53
          Heinrich used short, straightforward sentences. This was – at least when it wasn’t done for her benefit, as it clearly wasn’t here – a trait Katya appreciated in a person. His grammar twisted on... more
          • Oh, I am with you there!Heinrich, Wed Oct 3 15:03
            German! She spoke German! Not perfectly, it was clear, but enough! Enough that it would have immediately gotten her an invitation to the ball last year, enough that his eyes widened in surprise and... more
            • Glad we're on the same page.Katerina, Wed Oct 10 11:40
              Katya listened closely, glad for relatively short, straightforward sentences in German as well as English, and then shook her head. “No,” she said, also in German. “I do not go to Germany. Mama war – ... more
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