Just like in the movie, I see language ‘ghosts’ everywhere.
In A Man Called Horse, after 4 months of nothing meaning anything, the white man felt that his ears had become unstopped. His understanding was so sudden.
In Circle of Friends, a group returns from a summer in Spain Italy and France. The only thing they have in common is how little of the language they had learned.
And in Alan Watts’s autobiography, In My Own Way, he claims that anything in English takes twice the time to express in German and Japanese, but only half the time in Chinese.