Recently I've been feeling like I need to re-learn the art of conversation (in English). Perhaps it was the short (intensive) beginning Chinese course. Or the fact that I've been working in a SILENT office where everyone emails each other, instead of gets up to actually speak to each other, a la Emily Gould as described in her New York Times Magazine article (at her Gawker job). But when I go to speak now, I feel the urge to preface, and re-construct, and re-phrase, and conjunction-ize what I'm saying all the time. It's like I'm out of practice. All I have around me for 8 hours a week day is silence, and I get home and feel rusty.
Something's gotta give.