Forgetting Words In Your Native Language Is A Good Sign

Brain, Forgetting, Language learning, Languages, Learning

Yuhakko 语학子

As a polyglot, I’ve come to speak or read on a daily basis a multitude of languages.

I sometimes wake up speaking English, switch to Japanese for work, read an article in Korean before meeting up with French friends. Sounds great but there’s a problem with that too.

I’ve come to “forget” words I knew.

Or, to be more precise, they are stuck on the tip of my tongue.

For non-language learners, this is laughable. But for anybody learning a foreign language for long enough, this feels like a real problem.

Could you forget your native language?

If you live in your native country, the risk of forgetting it altogether is rather low. But the probability of forgetting common words stays really high.

“I… 기억한다… 覚えてる…记得… me souviens… ah right! I remember!”

In reality, unless you have some kind of brain damage or grow old and get…

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How Important is it that We Listen?

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By Emily Polston

We all say we’re listeners, but how much do we really listen to what’s being said around us? In my leadership class this past semester, we had an assignment to stay silent and listen to others the entire school day. My teachers signed off for those classes saying I was silent, but I don’t think I was as successful as they said I was. Yes, I was silent–but I wasn’t really listening to what was said around me. I just felt as if I was in my own little world. Honestly, I don’t think I took it as seriously as I could’ve. The assignment was very interesting to me but I LOVE to talk so it was more difficult than I thought it would be. I talked to Mrs. Wright and asked her why she thought it was so important that we are slow to speak and…

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