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Wear-Off-Effect in Talking Chinese - Am I Alone with this one?

Posted by henning August 7, 2007 in the Group General Discussion.

I started a month of practice sessions in preparation of this years trip to Beijing.


Just had my first practice session with Aggie which was great.

But I saw an effect I have experienced before when talking Chinese: It starts out really smooth with lots of vocab and cool sentences streaming into my mind and sometimes even through my mouth. But after a short while (after 4 minutes) my level of Chinese suddenly deteriorates. This affects both grammar and vocab. In the end (= after 10 minutes) helpless babble is all that is left. 

As if there was some kind of lanugage battery that runs empty. It only works for spitting out x phrases and y grammar constructions.


Anyone else experienced this? 

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