No I’m not tricking you into another grammar pun. 🙂
I’ve been trying to learn French again recently. I do this every few years (a bit like my shorthand), but I always seem to give it up for just long enough to have to start over. Obviously this is the best reason ever to book an annual holiday in France, right?
Anyway, back to grammar.
Everyone knows you spend a lot more time thinking about grammar when you are learning a language than you do when dealing with your own, unless you happen to be a teacher. What I am always surprised by is how much grammar I forget over time.
No I don’t mean I suddenly start structuring my sentences in random ways or using the wrong form of a word, but ask me what present perfect is and I’ll probably look blank. And I have definitely learnt all that stuff before. I just seem not to retain it.
Interestingly, because my day job is in a communication based area, I often find myself wishing I did retain it. The number of times I’ve said something was wrong or right or it didn’t matter in a piece of work, and known it was true, only to find I couldn’t explain why. Frustrating.
Who knows though, maybe after the – I think – fifth go at French I might remember some of those grammar concepts a bit better too?