Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Umm...what's the word?
Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a conversation and you suddenly can't remember the word that was previously right on the tip of your tongue? I DO! All. the. time. It's ridiculous. I really thought I was going crazy there for a while. But you know what? I'm not crazy. :) Evidently, a lot of people that experience complete language immersion (like, let's say, living in Honduras) experience this "forgetfulness." This "forgetfulness" is called first-language attrition. (read this article if you really want to learn more about it) The good news? Studies have shown that the more fluent you become in the language, the less "forgetful" you become. ...As long as you continue to speak your native language on a regular basis. :)