Learning a new language can be a complicated thing. There are rules about verbs, rules about sentence structure, rules about a whole slew of things. Then add in slang or local dialects and all your learning feels like complete rubbish.

I’ve taken language classes before. In middle school, I took a year-and-a-half of Spanish courses. In high school, I took two years of German and (*cough*)three days(*cough*) of French. I’ve gone through a lot of self-study efforts for other languages as well (Korean, Russian, Italian, etc). All said and done, I still only speak one language. A lack of continued effort, limited-to-no exposure to other speakers of said languages and my ever-present absentmindedness allowed it all to fall into what something I once read referred to as the “sleeping part” of my brain.