Nov 12, 2019 3:33 PM
Hashirama and Sasuke in space
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"I'll arrange it then," says Mal. "What do you want to do in the meantime?"

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Sasuke glances at Hashirama.

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"I'd like to work on learning your writing system," Hashirama says.

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"That will benefit us both, then, I suspect," says Mal. "Do you wish the same, Sasuke?"

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Sasuke just nods.

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Mal arranges basic instruction - it's an alphabet. There's fewer vowel-shapes than vowel-sounds, but these are the most common sounds associated with these vowels... The consonants, at least, have a closer to one-to-one correspondence, though some consonant-sounds rely on combining two other consonants...

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Sasuke's able to memorize it rapidly, and with his sharingan he can actually learn to read faster than to speak - though a phonetic alphabet means he'll be learning the latter quickly, too.

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Hashirama struggles a bit more - but he's still clearly intelligent, and good at language-related tasks.

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Mal seems to find this comment-worthy - she's not used to people catching on so quickly, at least not humans or even most aliens.

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Sasuke shrugs. "I have a good visual memory."

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"I haven't really seen foreign languages before, but I loved learning to read and write, since it meant I could talk to people in far away places and read about foreigners..."

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"There might also be differences in how your people learn. I wouldn't be surprised, from a divergent population..."

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Sasuke shrugs.

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"I don't know a lot about civilians, unfortunately..." Hashirama says. "So I couldn't compare the two groups. Samurai seem about as smart as us shinobi, though."

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"An interesting thing to measure sometime, perhaps," Mal says.

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"Yes! I'd really want to look into getting our worlds in contact, and that'd be a good aside while we're setting up educational systems..."

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"We don't often encounter worlds in need of intervention - or that aren't already past us - but I've contacted some other ships, so even if we don't have time to take you two by somewhere official, someone might come out to us, and we could coordinate a response there."

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"And an uplift guide was mentioned, too?"

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"I'd like to start working with you on that, yes, but - it's often not enough on it's own. Still, usually better than nothing."

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"Makes sense it wouldn't be, yeah. Where do we start?"

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With ascertaining what technology level his world's at, and how magic interacts, which is a long and tedious process that'll strain their shared vocabulary. (Next is politics.)

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Sasuke's helpful in that, being more visually oriented and better able to produce and identify images that different phrases refer to.

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Then they'll proceed very quickly; Mal can also start organizing a better dictionary of the local main human trade language for them.

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Of course, they don't get extremely far before the lunchtime meeting the Captain had requested. He thanks Mal for her help, though, when she indicates it's time to start heading over.

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He's very welcome, of course.

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