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Graffiti in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Great post, haha. So true! It can be so frustrating when people try to ‘help’ you out to find words.
Thanks, Olivia! So glad you liked the post!
I totally relate! I switch languages too, and find that I often need to explain that, or even sometimes apologise for it.
(Perhaps I care too much about accurate communication, but I sometimes catch myself explaining why I do this, so that I won’t be labeled pretentious).
I agree with what you said, i.e. that this multilingualism stems from a combination of quicker, easier communication and wanting to get the thought or the feeling across most accurately.
What you call the TCK collage, I refer to as the TCK kaleidoscope – continuously shifting, colourful and interesting. A whole made up of many different parts.
Sometimes I am in a conversation and I get a fright because I’m not sure if I’m speaking the right language.
This multilingualism is such an integral part of me, that I even mention it on my dating site profiles, as a filter for potential ‘candidates’, so that they are prepared – or at least forewarned!
(Loves playing music and dancing, loves to swim, keen reader, has lived in many different countries, speaks a variety of languages, often within the same sentence – and if you can’t join me in that, you’ll at least have to accept it… and what an essential thing it is for me that you speak at least one of my languages fluently – preferably English. English first, then body language).
Thanks for your comment, Franka! I also have moments when I’m not sure what language I was just speaking…lol.
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