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And good luck with your Chinese...or rather Taiwanese.I've been trying to learn Mandarin for several years..but as I don't have any regular classes right now, it is all out the window.

I manage to lose all memory of the phrases and things I learn within a matter of days after each trip ends. I don't expect to communicate more than the most rudimentary of concepts in Taiwan and I know I won't remember any of it within a week of my return.

Even for languages I've studied, I've found I forget them when I don't use them. It takes a little longer to forget and it comes back quicker when I visit countries that speak that language, but I still forget. I did post-doc work in Italy and at one time spoke Italian well enough to get around fairly efficiently and even have fairly basic conversations. I probably couldn't come up with more than a handful of words or phrases right now. I studied Spanish for a few years in high school and then in adult education courses after my undergraduate work. Then I spent months at a time in South America and traveling through Mexico about 30 years ago. Yet I would have to study for weeks to get back to rudimentary conversation.
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