- Elizabeth Gu
- South Korea
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Questions for bilingualists and trilingualists. Does being able to speak more than one language ever make you forget your mother tongue?
Being able to speak more than one language is certainly an amazing thing.
You get to feel, think and even act like (once you thought of them as)foreigners(but feel like not anymore, it’s like you’re already being part of them).
And you can communicate with them more deeply without a translator’s help, which is the best part, I think.
But it sometimes gives you a headache unless you’re a genius.
Have you ever had the experience when you have a bit of a hard time speaking your mother tongue fluently because of other languages you recently take up learning? And you think, since you started learning different languages, your ability to speak ‘mother tongue’ somewhat declined than ever before? If so, what’s your coping mechanism, so to speak? Do you give up on a certain language, reminding yourself that being able to speak these languages is enough, this is too much for me? (My Spanish, exhibit A.lol
No, I can't give up on learning it really 'cause I love speaking it.)
Or do you spend more time to keep up with your fast growing ability to mimic foreign languages accents while practicing all the languages you can speak every day? How do you balance..?
I sincerely ask you to impart your wisdom here.
P.S. What's your special way to practice languages?