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"...Mabel Mariko Swan. But I go by May. If you haven't recognized English by now you aren't likely to but perhaps I'm just academically interesting."

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Aglaril flips to various pages in the book and starts jotting down notes. Eventually, she starts pointing at objects, naming them, and looking at May expectantly. 

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"...book. Chair. Window."

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More notes! When this has been going on for about ten minutes, another man walks into the room. He flips through the papers, then points to himself, then at her. "îbalhîn Indilzar. You are?" 

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"...I'm May. You speak English?"

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He holds up Aglaril's notes, then points back at her. "Mabel. May. You?" 

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"You are May. I" - points back at himself - "are Indilzar?" 

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"You are, I am. Uh, we are they are he or she is. But I am."

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"You are May, am Indilzar. Aglaril he? she?" 

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"Aglaril is a she. Presumably."

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"She is Aglaril." (Aglaril is furiously taking notes). "A is she? May is she? Indilzar is we? he? they?" 

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"I'm a she, too. Gendered third person singular pronouns. I think you're a he."

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"A she? A he? A book? Book is he? she? Aglaril and I are we?" 

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"Books are 'it', I didn't mention 'it'. You can call you and Aglaril 'we', yes."

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"Aglaril and I are we. Book is it. Aglaril and May are they? I think Aglaril and May are they? I think Aglaril is May? May think Aglaril is Indilzar?" 

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"You can call me and Algaril 'they'. Or 'you'. I'm not sure what you want me to do with the rest of the sentences. Are you just trying to - teach yourself English from scratch -"

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"Me is you? Me is I? English is? I am want English?" 

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"- me is I, sorry. Me is the, uh, object form, or something. You sure do seem to want English. And it is. A language. Is what it is."

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"Indilzar want English, Aglaril want English, Indilzar and Aglaril want language. I want language? You think me want English?"

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"English is a language. One of many. French is also a language."

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"Adûnaiyâ is a language. Quenya is a language. Kuzdul is a language. I teach language. May teach English?" 

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"I'm trying. But I'm not actually qualified to do so. Uh..." She pulls out a pen, reaches for paper.

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Then she will have some. "May try? I am qualified, Aglaril is qualified." Aglaril is consulting more reference works. There may be a small crowd assembling in the peristyle. 

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She writes out the alphabet, upper and lower case. Writes "May" and makes a little pronoun chart like the ones from French class and fills in the chart with present tense forms of "to be". Narrates as she does so; lapses slightly into singsong with the alphabet part.

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