Old Violins and New English

Old Violins and New English

Like the legendary centuries-old violins of Cremona that must be removed from their glass cases and played regularly, or Sam’s nervous line to Ilsa in Casablanca (Sam: “Oh, I can’t remember, Miss Ilsa, I’m a little rusty on it”; Ilsa: “I’ll hum it for you…”), our skill in using a second language (or our ability to spontaneously recall the melody of “As Time Goes By” – hint “you must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss”) depends on upkeep.

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