I have now developed a long and significant list of excuses for why I’m unable to speak ANY foreign languages:
The British Raj, due to them the English language is so prevalent I can easily get by without Kannada here in Mysore.
British Arrogance, see above.
My parents and therefore my genetical inheritance.
Wax in my ears and assorted other hearing limitations.
A wife and extended team that speaks English and seemingly endless other languages. I get by.
Teachers that couldn’t cram French or German in me.
Probably the top of the tree…. abject laziness combined with being idle, severe inability to stick with anything for more than five minutes and being 🐻 of small brain.
This list is to help whenever I’m questioned why after nine years do I not speak Kannada. (Clearly I cant speak English properly anyway)
Manjula reckons it’s because Ive got a short stubby tongue.
Whereas Manjula, with all the languages at her disposal, yes you’ve guessed it, has a long slender one.
I rest my case