Language Recall

Here’s a peculiar thing about the subliminal nature of virtual worlds.

I have not spoken German for nearly 20 years. Last time I did, I was living near Stuttgart on a three month student exchange program. Yes, a long time ago.

Now I keep bumping into Germans in my Secondlife travels. And we have conversations in German. OK my grammar might be a bit sloppy, and the odd English word is thrown in. Still, the language flows naturally from my fingertips!

How is it that a language I have not used for 20 years is so naturally fluid in Secondlife when I find it more difficult to follow the language in a German movie ? The informal social context perhaps? Curiouser and curiouser….

…cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)