I knew, based on research, that XiXi would lose his ability to speak Mandarin. I knew that on a logical, cognitive level, but on a deeper level, I had a hard time really believing it. Or at least believing that it would happen as quickly as researchers said it would, 12 weeks. Twelve weeks to completely lose the ability to speak your native tongue? It seemed impossible. Yet, here we are, just past the 12 week mark, and suddenly XiXi can’t seem to speak Mandarin. Or if he can, he refuses to do so.