I studied French at school, and it was a dreadful experience. I can't remember a thing, and it was just so hard, and I always felt embarrassed trying to imitate how it sounds. Ugh, it was my least favorite subject in school.
If you want to teach children a second language, I say they have to be like in Kindergarten.
One embarrassing thing I remember from school. We had an English exam and there was one question no one could answer. It was like one of those Grammar things, I don't remember what the term is, but like in "He is nice, isn't he?" and "They are strange, aren't they?", etc.
And it was something like "I am great, ___?". And a lot of people in my class insisted it was "amn't I?" and I was like "that sounds so weird, of course it's not that". And what was my answer? It was "ain't I?" And I really thought I had the right answer
I felt really disappointed when we all got zero on that question. I mean "ain't" > "amn't".
I used to be relatively fluent in classical Arabic, though my interest has faded over time. I still feel it resonates with me emotionally more than anything else, which is weird because it's not a spoken language. Also, it's really hard to find someone singing its poetry, which is really frustrating to me because I used to sing it a lot in my own head.
I only have about a 7-year-old kid vocabulary in my parent's language. That's not bad considering kids start talking around 3 or so. I seldom use it around anyone in my social circle. It feels like I'm missing something and they are missing out too...
I don't remember a lot of my French either. I refreshed my knowledge on it somewhat with the Duolingo app. I'd like to put time into learning Kalaallisut or one of the other related languages. I've been liking some songs sung in Inuit languages and some ASMR in Kalaallisut. I often have used aboriginal languages in my usernames. I'm curious to know one more properly.