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I'm friends with a girl who was an exchange student from Germany in high school and after a few months of being surrounded by English all the time, she even had a hard time talking to her parents on the phone.

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You see, fluent people think in language they speak, so it is possible to "forget" portion of your native language if you only use another language all the time. Still, I'd expect it would take more time than a few months.

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#22 I speak by experience here and I can tell it does happen. I am French and I have been living abroad for 9 years now (6 years in Ireland now) and I do struggle often to find words in my mother tongue, although I left France when I was 24, so not exactly as a child. My fiancé is Irish and does not speak French and I work in a multinational company where English is the common language. It has come to the point that I sometimes check online words from English to French because English seems mor

I'm friends with a girl who was an exchange student from Germany in high school and after a few months of being surrounded by English all the time, she even had a hard time talking to her parents on the phone.

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After spending a year in America I got teased relentlessly by my Israeli friends when I returned home for a visit. I starting saying "Um." And "Okay" all the time.

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Ha! I'm a Hebrew tutor and most of my students go to secular schools and are native English speakers. It's so easy for me to tell if they've practiced; if they haven't, it sounds like they're trying to gargle hieroglyphics. German and Hebrew can both be considered "guttural" languages, which English certainly isn't. It's not easy to switch between them!

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I do not know what is worse, getting teased for sounding too "American" by my Israeli friends or being teased for my accent and "freakish throaty sounds" by my American friends. Some English sounds come out a little more guttural as you say.

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That's why it's very important to constantly practice the language, even if it is your native tongue! Hey, we forget. Don't worry though, OP, I've been through that and in a couple of weeks or months you should be speaking your native tongue just as you always did :)

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Generalizations are never good. I've had a couple of bad experiences in the US and in other countries a couple of times but that doesn't mean I go around saying they ALL treat tourists badly...

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I visited the states on holiday a few months ago and I was met with nothing but kind, respectful people who were eager to help a lost Irish girl. Any Americans I encounter in my town I treat the same way.

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12- Even mutual respect has to start somewhere. Try, Lead By Example, aka, act like a calm adult and not an overly defensive hothead when dealing with others, especially the rude ones. It's amazing the amount of respect you'll earn for yourself, from yourself, as well as from others, IMHO.

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I've been to the united states a few times and I have only been spoken to kindly and asked about my canadian accent. I do have many friends that hate americans for being rude and I agree generalizations are not good and that's what I tell them

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