| Chiefluvvie wrote:|
| How on earth do 'elderly' people cope when communicating with babies, deaf / disabled people, animals etc - they 'adapt' , they cope and they're understood! You can always find a reason NOT to do something... |
How very very true and very succinctly put.
When I read this earlier on "I have a feeling that the older people get the harder it is for them to continue with any language other than their mother tongue" I was tempted to reply as I strongly disagree, I couldnt really formulate a response that did justice to my feelings on the subject, you can always find a reason NOT to do something... expresses it perfectly.
I have heard people trot out the "its too hard for me at my age" rubbish so many times yet I have met many people who make rubbish of the theory, I am one of them myself, its down to motivation be it love/desire, hunger or loneliness, the people I see that do learn a new language despite their age also engage in many other new activities and learn new skills, the ones that trot out the "its too hard" dont seem to do anything new.