- Jul 26, 2007
- Los Angeles
- United States
There may be valid reasons why Charlene is struggling with picking up French.
The average human brain is hard wired to pick up languages very quickly until about 6-8 years of age. Then for most of us, information carrying channels close up and it becomes much harder work. As with all things in the brain the degree of difficulty for cognitive acts differs from person to person.
For some, mechanical or engineering imagery is easy and for others it's a real task. Ditto with understanding math, music and other cognitive skills including the ability to learn languages as an adult.
We used to call people that lacked common skills DUMB, but we have learned that all people have their own areas of cognitive weakness.
It may have nothing to do with Charlene's desire and everything to do with her cognitive profile.
One of my weakness is in facial and name recognition. I don't recognize people very easily - and if I do, I have certainly forgotten their name. It's not that I am rude or uncaring - it's that I am solidly bad at the skill. I have tried to fix it - but with little success.
I guess I'd ask each of you what cognitive challenges are difficult for you? Or for one of your children? Then I'd ask if you still want to pick up those stones to throw at Charlene?
This is such a great post. I can pick up languages without much effort, but to this day have the most brutal time with even basic fractions. It used to baffle my teachers. It was humiliating.
And I also tend to forget names.
As for Charlene, I am certainly not "throwing stones" at her. But she has better resources than the average man or woman, and the fact that she doesn't even appear to be trying(in public) anymore seems lazy at best and arrogant at worst.
I like Charlene. She is one of only two or three European princesses that I have any interest in at all. But as DoM said, after nearly a decade it's becoming increasingly difficult to continue to make excuses for her inability to speak French.