Rebecca Robideau

Sequim, WA, United States

About Rebecca

Languages

Dutch, English, French, German

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Rebecca Robideau
Posted over 3 years ago
As a trilingual or bilingual, what role does language play in the creation of your identity? Which language do you think in?
Language and culture are interwined and play a large role of a person's identity. Take me for example: Born to Dutch and German parents, raised in Senegal West Africa, and now living in the United States. So when I speak Wolof, the tribal language I learnt while in Senegal, my mood automatically shifts to that of a typical African speaking Wolof. My hands start flying, my emotions start soaring and I feel happier. When I speak English, my mood becomes more subtle and not as emotional. I feel different. When I speak to my relatives in Holland or my Mother in Dutch, I start thinking more about my European ways of life. Languages create different moods and worlds that we as multi lingual people can travel in and out of. Many of us never even experience learning two languages. I consider myself very fortunate as to learning 5 languages and understanding the culture behind each one. I can travel to 5 different worlds all in one day~ How fortunate!