How long would it take for two monolinguals who speak different languages to be able to understand each other?

asked 2020-12-19 17:21:49 -0500

No one is probably ever going to see this, and I'm sorry if it's been asked before, but I am writing a story wherein which two characters are pulled out of time and stranded on an alien planet. They are both from Earth, but one is a woman from the Philippines who speaks Taglish (a mix of Tagalog and English commonly spoken in larger cities in the Philippines) and one is a man from the Kingdom of Judah during the time of Babylonian captivity (6th century BCE) ho speaks Classical Hebrew. I was wondering how long would it take for them to understand one another. I assume that they would be able to get by eventually through hand gestures and pointing at objects and saying what they are, but do you think they would eventually settle into a new mix of the two (three?) languages, pick just one, or would never be able to fully comprehend the other? And how long do you think it would take for them to understand each other? I know this is a lot to ask, but thank you if you can help, or provide any resources for me. I have already done some research on the history of Classical Hebrew and it's alphabet, and modern Tagalog.

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