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Col. Weber: I don't want to take away from your success, but Dr. Banks, is it really the right approach? Try to teach them how to speak and read? That's gonna take long.
Dr. Louise Banks: You're wrong! Its faster.
Col. Weber: Everything you do here, I have to explain to a room full of men, whose first and last question is how can this be used against us. So you'll have to give me more than that!
Dr. Louise Banks: Kangaroo.
Col. Weber: What is that?
Dr. Louise Banks: In 1770, Captain James Cook's ship ran aground off the coast of Australia and led a party, where they found the aboriginal people. One of the sailors pointed to the animals that hop around and put their babies in their pouch, And he asked what they were. The Aborigines said "kangaroo".
Col. Weber: And your point is?
Dr. Louise Banks: It wasn't until later that they learned that "kangaroo" means "I don't understand". So...I need this so that we don't misinterpret things in there, otherwise it is going to take 10 times as long.
Col. Weber: I can sell that for now. But I need you to submit your vocabulary of words before the next session. Remember what happened to the Aborigines. A more advanced race, nearly wiped them out.
[Col. Weber leaves]
Ian Donnelly: It's a good story.
Dr. Louise Banks: Thanks. It's not true, but it proves my point.
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