Originally Posted by TheOracle
"Effortlessly" as in, if I want to say: Where is the bathroom in this restaurant? Do I need a key? I can do that without spending ten seconds remembering the word for 'key'. Kids are fluent in a language by the time they enter kindergarten. It's about that kind of effort, I think, that Grendel was talking about.
NOT effort like, "thinking that language" or "articulating perfectly" or whatever.
Right. It's the ease and flow on speaking that she was talking about. Something that's automatic when it comes to speaking. It's like when you first learned how to drive a car. All those things you have to remember. The brakes. Gas pedal. Emergency brakes. Turn signals. Speed. The location of your car relative to other cars. When to brake. Watching out for traffic signals and signs. Watching out for other traffic. Using your side view mirror. Your rear view mirror. Putting on your seat belt. It took a lot of effort in the beginning to remember those things and took time to develop that into a skill where you've become an experienced and adept driver where it has become an automatic experience.