by Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted Language and Communication Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
We came to the parrot cages, my other favorite place. The birds spoke all the languages of the earth: human foreign tongues and the exotic tongues of Gnomic, Elfian, Ogrese, and Abdegi (the language of the giants). I loved to imitate them, even though I didn't know what they were saying. (6.30)
Why thank you, Ella, for that handy introduction to the languages we'll be encountering in this book. Such a considerate main character.
I hesitated. It was one thing to imitate parrots for Simon or to speak to a baby. (7.30)
It's true, parrots are no Rosetta Stone. Ella may know she's pretty awesome when it comes to languages, but she's also aware of her own limitations. Good for her!
She started to teach me right then. Once heard, always remembered is the way with languages and me. By the end of an hour I was forming short sentences. Areida was delighted. (9.48)
There goes Ella demonstrating her genius with languages again. This time there's a bonus: she's making a friend while she's at it.