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Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby rdearman » Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:23 pm

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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby Le Baron » Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:30 pm

“Multilinguals are thus not wrong in their perception that adding a language to their repertoire will, at least during the first stages of learning the new language, hamper access to other foreign languages, even when those languages were learned a long time ago and to a high level of proficiency..."

Unfortunately they didn't say much or speculate about whether this evens out as you progress in the new language. I'd imagine that the initial stress of an unknown language would affect other languages, but that this eases-off as you don't have to use so much mental effort.

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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby rdearman » Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:34 pm

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“Multilinguals are thus not wrong in their perception that adding a language to their repertoire will, at least during the first stages of learning the new language, hamper access to other foreign languages, even when those languages were learned a long time ago and to a high level of proficiency..."

Unfortunately they didn't say much or speculate about whether this evens out as you progress in the new language. I'd imagine that the initial stress of an unknown language would affect other languages, but that this eases-off as you don't have to use so much mental effort.

Time is a great healer.

Actually they did further down comment that it does even out for long term learners, although this was antidotal evidence.
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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby Le Baron » Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:39 pm

As in this bit?
Long-term effects of learning new languages might not be the same.
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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby rdearman » Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:41 pm

Le Baron wrote:As in this bit?
Long-term effects of learning new languages might not be the same.

Yes, they seemed to be implying it would resolve itself over time.
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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby Le Baron » Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:48 pm

In any case I feel better now about forgetting words in mid-flow (which I do quite a bit!).
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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby Cainntear » Tue Apr 02, 2024 9:57 pm

rdearman wrote:
Le Baron wrote:As in this bit?
Long-term effects of learning new languages might not be the same.

Yes, they seemed to be implying it would resolve itself over time.

If you're going from the article, I think you're reading a bit much into it. If there's something in the paper itself, I didn't spot it, because I only skim-read (I'm finding it harder to focus on reading academic papers these days)!

To me, though, it seems to be that they were simply stating the limitations of the experiment. They didn't assess long term effects, so they aren't in any position to say whether this would be seen in the long term at all. Unless I missed something in the paper, of course.
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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby badger » Tue Apr 02, 2024 10:58 pm

Le Baron wrote:In any case I feel better now about forgetting words in mid-flow (which I do quite a bit!).

do you forget a bunch of words?
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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby Le Baron » Tue Apr 02, 2024 11:01 pm

badger wrote:
Le Baron wrote:In any case I feel better now about forgetting words in mid-flow (which I do quite a bit!).

do you forget a bunch of words?

Whole bunches of them. They fall out of the tree like bananas. Or coconuts (whatever they come in).
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Re: Learning a new language makes it harder to remember previously learned foreign languages

Postby Khayyam » Sat Apr 06, 2024 6:23 am

Okay, cool, I'll go ahead and use the fact that I'm learning Persian as my excuse for my inability to understand the German novel I'm reading.
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