you’re asked a simple question in a language you’re learning, and the meaning is just a millimetre out of reach, but your brain just refuses to cover that distance?
Yeah, happened to me this morning. I knew I knew what 何月 (nangatsu, which month?) meant, but for some reason, I just couldn’t find the meaning in the sea of words that have taken (tenuous?) residence in my mind.
Somewhat embarrassing, a bit frustrating, but it’s a part of the whole learning-languages thing. You know the funny thing, though? When you remember the word in the language you’re learning, but forget the corresponding word in your native language. That happened a few weeks/a month a go with the word 年月日 (nengappi, date).