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To begin at the beginning: it was getting to the arse-end of the year (can't remember which one, was in my late forties) and I was having Problems. With a capital P. My memory - OK, let's stop there, and give you a bit of background: I have a fun combination of prosopagnosia (face blindness, also extends to icons in the computer world) and severely deficient autobiographical memory.
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Add to that, I am on quetiapine, which I was prescribed due to a hypomanic episode induced by medications when I was really sick a couple of years ago.Kept on it because I now have decent sleep quality for the first time in my fifty plus years.

Side effect: I can't form new memories when it's in my system. So I don't remember evenings, or the first hour of the day.

So that's the background

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So, at the end of whatever year that was, I was experiencing a significant decline in both memory, and cognitive function. Nothing but shrugs from the doctor, so I had to take this into my own hands. Because I was losing the ability to work.

I knew back then that neuroplasticity was a Thing, and I figured that language learning might be a way to slow, or stop this alarming decline.

Was coming up to the time of the centenary Russian revolution...

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...so, hey, let's study Russian! I started with Duolingo, and Tinycards (now no longer a thing) for the alphabet. But it was just Too Fucking Hard.

I loved the whole learning a language with the given tools thing, so decided to switch to Danish, due to personal connections. However, more recent personal connections, including my best mate, who is a Swede, persuaded me to change that to Swedish instead.

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And thank goodness for that. Just try counting in Danish!

This led to a flurry of auditing other languages, and introducing Memrise as a learning synergist - and they really do work well together.

Seems like I really hit the languages when I'm stressed. Started this new job beginning of August, and have lost my massive streaks, as I simply haven't had the energy to study since then.

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I have now just re-started. Whilst I'm working for and with Austrians, right now, I'm looking to reinforce Swedish, and get back into seriously trying to get my head around Finnish. With a bit of German thrown in here and there.

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But, oh, oh! What did I forget to mention?

I started this to try to slow/halt memory/cognitive decline.

It went beyond my wildest dreams, and it didn't take that long. This has not only halted, but reversed the decline. It's really hard to call it right now, when I'm pretty sick, but have gained significant ability to store/recall, and generally

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learn. So my learning ability now is considerably better than it was when I was at school. And I have learning resources now that WORK FOR ME, which simply weren't available until quite recently.

I find that Duolingo and Memrise work synergystically - provided it's a language available on both.

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@grumpysmiffy that sounds enormous!

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@Stoori It is. I honestly got my brain back, and better than it was before. Being able to do this at my age shows that neuroplasticity is very much real!

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@grumpysmiffy Vad bra. :)
Hoppas att det fortsätter så.
Vi kan skriva på svenska om du vill.

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@owl Tack! Jag måste träner mer, men jag har ett nytt jobb. Dett finns mycket att lära här. Jag måste lära mig varje dag.

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