Jul 23, 2019 3:44 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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