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Before language teachers, there was language.

Present before either the chicken or the egg, language.

Present even before humans, language.

Where did it start? Who can say?

It has been and will be.

So let the world arise from language;

let there be a word and phrase for everything that can be.

Let the teachers try to teach it, but do not be fooled.

Language cannot be taught. It can only be learnt.

When it goes out, it always comes back.


*My original commentary on Chapter 25 can be found here.


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