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Acquisition mechanics remain undiscovered:

the mind cannot discover itself.

All we can do is watch language as it’s used.

Watch the users interact with their world,

react to what happens and what might happen.

Know how to be;

Know how to let others be.

It’s the easy way

with no hidden depths

to uncover within the darkness.

To teach language, be patient as the darkness subsides.

Hang back and let the students act.

The best teachers do not aim for perfection

and in not aiming for perfection,

what is there becomes perfect enough.

*My original commentary on Chapter 15 is here

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