How do you solve a problem like Kazune?
She’s a 12 year-old girl who has a one-on-one lesson once a week. So far, across the two half-hours she has spoken approximately 8 words: I, don’t, know, no, yes, Beckham, hello (and) goodbye.
I try so hard to get a response from her, but she just stares back with slightly fearful eyes; I’ve just asked her if she like chicken not explain the guiding principles of quantum string-theory.
Her text-book and class report suggests a level of competency I simply don’t seem to be able to find. Is it because I am male and her previous teacher was female? Is it a sullen teenage strop?
Whatever it is, each lesson really drags and I had to finish the lesson mouthing words like I was trying to communicate with someone through soundproof glass:
“Doooo. Youuuu. (point at girl) Have. A. Dick. Shun. Reeeeee? (raise eyebrows quizzically at end to denote question).
It’s like angry Give Us A Clue.