Oh, and I tried to learn Arabic once in my youth but only one year at Uni and I don’t think I got past ‘The story of the rabbits and the elephants’ and the alphabet and then I gave up. My father – when he was alive – retained his Persian (would that be Farsi?) even decades later with very little practice, and I think that’s because he grew up in Tehran as a teenager, and that was a very influential part of his life so it stuck with him. My mother can still speak decent German even though she left 50 years ago and also hardly has the opportunity to speak with anyone. But, again, these were her teenage years, and she was devastated to leave and come to Australia so her connection with German remains.