I think that my capacity to learn languages -- to improve my ability to understand spoken French, to speak, let alone understand, Italian -- and to use them is dropping. I am not sure why, but it's a depressing thought.
It's just harder than it was, five years ago. Words don't stick. (Okay, some: I'll probably always remember C'est quoi, cette merde? But most, not). Its not as much fun to learn new phrases. Even the one that a correspondant told me the other day, saying I knew you would like this -- which was, I think, Je te renverrai l'ascenseur, which means literally I'll send the elevator back for you, and effectively I'll pay you back for this appreciated action -- doesn't quite stick. I like the idea, but the actual phrase, I'm not sure I will remember in one month, two months. Let alone be able to work into a conversation.
I hope I'm not getting stupider.