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immersion \i-ˈmər-zhən, -shən\ (noun); the act of immersing or the state of being immersed, as in 1. a baptism by complete submersion of the person in water  2. an absorbing involvement 3. instruction based on extensive exposure to surroundings or conditions that are native or pertinent to the object of study.

 we belly flop into a new place, a new pace. into a new language with new words; new nouns tentatively scribbling themselves out in the spaces between our eyes; verbs tingling our tongues, ready to be rolled out in broken, uncertain gurgles. our shy staccatos smacking softly into this languid, lazy air.

we open our eyes underwater and feel, for the first time in almost six months, like we are on a holiday.