Dec 12, 2018 8:02 AM
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"I'm from Nevada!"

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He switches to Welchin. "Does Welce have political subdivisions beyond just the country and presumably cities?"

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"Nothing formal. There's regions."

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"The United States - this country - has 'states' that are much larger than cities but still smaller than the country." Switches to English. "Nevada is the state where I was born."

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Her phrasebook doesn't have 'born', and she hasn't been practicing long enough to separate out 'was' either: "Wasborn?"

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"Nevada is the state where I was born," he says in Welchin. "'Was' is English for was, 'born' is English for born."

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"Ooh -" She writes this down. Language practice may continue in this way for some time.

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Does she want to try to use a computer now?

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She's game, though it will be hard to give the lesson while constantly remaining at least five feet apart and their common language having no computer-specific vocabulary.

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Is it much of a problem if she can read his mind? It might help with learning.

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"If you want to it's not a problem on my end but I prefer to be very careful about asking so people won't feel pressured, no matter how convenient it'd be."

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"I don't mind, I don't really have secrets, I don't even have a cape identity."

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"It's not really about secrets, just privacy."

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He shrugs. "Don't mind that either."

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"If you're sure you can step closer."

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He does step closer, and goes over to the computer.

"Okay, so this button turns it on -" And his thoughts are mostly occupied with muscle memory of how to use a computer and background assumptions related to it, and he's had the idea of trying to think in Welchin while speaking English to see if this helps her. He doesn't think of much else while doing that.

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It's very helpful! She learns the computer and English much more quickly.

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"If you learn this fast enough, we may not need the translator gizmo at all."

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"I'm leaning on you a lot, I won't retain all of it when you've gone."

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"Yeah but if I hang around you for a few days you might? With the telepathy."

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"I've never tried learning a language that way, but it certainly won't hurt."

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"It's helping, right?"

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"Yes, a lot." She's taking notes very fast.

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He smiles. "Good, then! So I'll tell them not to worry about the translation gizmo and follow you around while you do stuff."

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