I have been meaning to elaborate on this topic for some time.
I function in an entirely French environment at work. This is a perpetual barrier in terms of my professionalism, considering I talk in French like a mature grade 3 student. The progress is slow, but seems to be accompanied by a wealth of advice on language learning from friends and colleagues.
Not a day goes by where I am not told that the best way to learn a language is to function in it 100% of the time, immersion and no slips into English. That I must also read, write, listen to the radio and watch TV (if I had it) in French. Difficult when I live with another anglophone and we are brutally exhausted by French come days end. We speak in English all night, then I am confronted with French again all day.
I have days where the French words just fall eloquently from my mouth, awing my brain that had no knowledge of those words before I said them. I have other days where you would ask me if I really had any clue about the French language at all.
As for Kinyarwanda, it is so massively difficult to learn, that I tend to just block it out when people are speaking. I am lost. My mouth can’t make the noises.
it is Saturday and I am working. here goes.