July 5, 2012 5:54 AM Subscribe
Bilinguals and polyglots of AskMefi please hope me. I understand a lot of words and grammar in Japanese but don't seem able to use them. How do you make the leap from "knowing" a word or grammar pattern to actually being able to use it in conversation?
posted by ultrabuff to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I understand a lot of words and grammar constructions that I hear in conversation and come across in writing. However I don't seem able to actually use them in conversation. They simply just don't come to me. My active dictionary of usable words and grammar is stunningly empty! How do go from simply passively knowing the meaning of a word or grammar construction to being able to use them in conversation?