I have to admit it. Sometimes I forget English, and it is embarrassing. Here are my coping methods when I’m stumbling around basic English conversation. I know I’m not the only one. Right?
When I was in language school and university, I only used Japanese. 6 years, day in and day out. My kanji handwriting was gorgeous too with all that note taking. (Sadly, after working full-time my writing is pretty rusty since I use the computer all the time.) I was fully emerged in the language, but during that time my brain decided that English wasn’t important enough to remember.
Even now my brain switches from an English to a Japanese mode, then back again without any notice. It can be frustrating to deal, especially when I need to go back and forth between the languages during the day.
More than once I have said something as eloquent as “Yeah, my friend said that she was applying to uh… you know those schools you go to… uh…after you graduate college… it’s like the one step-up from universities?” or “Where is that thing that you hook up to the game stuff for the TV junk?”
I think my best bet at this point is to embrace this as a cute quirk.