Wow, resurrection time
Definitely a good read! Thanks @Roels. One of my friend's mother developed Alzheimer's disease in her 90's. In her final years, she started to speak more and more Dutch and mixing up both languages. She asked things like: "Could you please pak the umbrella van de kast." She had been living in Australia and speaking English for over 60 years then...OK this is probably not a great place for it, but I couldn't think of a different place on this forum and it may interest some people. Since this topic deals with the topic of language I thought it would not be the worst place to post it. Also it doesn't seem like this thread is used very extensively, so I don't think I'm messing up any current conversations.
Anyway, I just read this article about the importance of people's native languages. The article is mainly about a woman's reconnection with Czech, but will surely be of interest with Dutchies who have been away from the Netherlands for a longer period and don't speak Dutch on a regular basis. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Several years ago, my father died as he had done most things throughout his life: without preparation and without consulting anyone.…nautil.us
That sounds like such a fun and rewarding thing to do, connecting with people and making them feel part of ‘normal life’ by chatting about ordinary stuff, day-to-day events, even as small as talking about the weather. Go you!I occasionally volunteer in aged care nursing homes for people with Dutch backgrounds, as they tend to lose their English, even after 70 years of not speaking Dutch and not suffering from dementia.