The Bad News About Human Memory
|I have some bad news for you about human memory. It’s possible to forget your mother’s name. In fact you will forget her name if you don’t think about her for enough years. You forget absolutely everything that goes unused for long enough.I have met many people where were native speakers of Russian as children, teenagers and even as adults who could not…
…speak it at all after many years of not speaking Russian. This is not the place for a detailed article on how human memory works, but just remember this. You will forget everything that goes unused in your mind for long enough.
I met a 50 year old woman who was a native speaker of Russian but had quit speaking it ten years earlier when her father died. She couldn’t even carry on a simple conversation in Russian.
I have also met many other native speakers of Russian who had totally forgotten Russian after many years of not speaking it.
If you are worried about forgetting Russian, my suggestion is to switch your movie watching and TV watching to Russian TV and movies. You will be just as well entertained and you will keep your language understanding skills.