It took me four months(!), but I have finally finished reviewing my Turkish language book. I am thrilled to have met this goal, although it took me a month longer than intended. I am encouraged by how much I remembered and discouraged by how much I have forgotten. I have such a long ways to go, yet I am thankful to not still be stuck in the middle of the book.
Next goal: build my vocabulary! I am constantly stuck searching my memory for a word I used to know. Grammar is not helpful if you don't know the words to place into it. I think my neighborhood conversation partners get a kick out of my ability to say a complex sentence mostly correctly in contrast to my inability to remember simple, every-day words. This is what happens when you don't really use a language much for ten years!
As an aside, Nathanael now thinks that he can speak Turkish, since he has mastered a few phrases. Of highest importance to him is this one: Bir tane simit, lütfen! :) And of course, it is followed by a muddled, five-year-old version of Teşekkürler. We were chatting last week about the bilingual school he'll hopefully go to in a year, where they speak BOTH his home language and his Kindergarten language. And he responded, "But Mom, do they speak my third language too?" He was referring to Turkish!
9 months ago