20 readers who lost fluency in their language

[quote=", post:, topic:"]

For many of us, the thought of ever forgetting how to speak our native language would seem preposterous. But for some readers, it became a reality.

During a five-year captivity in Afghanistan, US soldier Bowe Bergdahl apparently lost some of his language capabilities - news which prompted the Magazine to ask under what circumstances a person could lose their native or first language.

In response, readers wrote in to tell their own stories of language loss or confusion. Here's a selection.

[/quote]

The best of all

[quote=", post:, topic:"]

The worst feeling of all is when you know the word perfectly well in your second language and seem totally incapable of remembering it your own language.
[/quote]