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Ayesha Sayed

Student, UAEU


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As a trilingual or bilingual, what role does language play in the creation of your identity? Which language do you think in?

I've grown up speaking 3 very diverse languages, I feel that they've created three distinct worlds in me. I find myself moving in and out of not only languages but cultures as well.
What role do languages play in your life? Do you find yourself thinking in more than one language?


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  • Feb 2 2012: I grew up speaking patois and now it has become a necessity for me to speak english for people to understand me. But in the process of all this I am learning spanish. I think in patois and spanish in turn I am force to talk in English. I have nothing against the language but most times when I forget where I am I speak the wrong language and express the wrong ideas. I most say it is hard at times but it is interesting to know that you can be in three different worlds and have no idea which language to speak.

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