In the four months that I’ve been living in Germany and learning German I have found that my English has gotten progressively worse. It seems the better my German gets, the worse my English becomes. I find myself forgetting the words for things more often, the quality of my writing has decreased, my grammar is appalling and today I had the very surreal experience of thinking of a sentence in English but writing it in German. It even took me a couple of goes to spell a couple of words properly in English. For the record, the words were coffee and tea – not particularly challenging words.
Has anyone else found this? That as they learn a new language, their native language seems to suffer? It is almost like my brain doesn’t have the room to hold two languages at once so the English is getting pushed out.