(The next day.)

Patrick: Hmph.

Shamila: Patrick! It is you, yes? The boy who speaks like a native but reads more slowly than my mother? Come along! You are going to be late for class. Unless you have decided to stop?

Patrick: I can’t just decide to stop.

Shamila: Ah! How very admirable of you. What was your first language, if I may ask? Or was it English?

Patrick: No. But I’ve spoken English for a long time. It was years ago that I moved here.

Shamila: Ah. That’s how it is with my nephews. One day I will get them interested in the language of their family, insha’Allah.

I hope you are able to do the same.

Patrick: إن شاء الله