Rudi Lambert

Eindhoven, Netherlands

About Rudi


Dutch, English

I'm passionate about

Life! and lots of things in it. Certainly too much for 200 characters that are quickly running out. Dancing, mathematics, teaching, love, sex, dogs, nutrition,... still barely scratching the surface.

Talk to me about

Almost anything...

People don't know I'm good at

Antique Pockt Watches, especially european watches between c1775-1900.
I can repair them too...

My TED story

I don't have a television, so I watch a lot of TED talks on the internet,... and lots of other things too.

Comments & conversations

Rudi Lambert
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?
I'm fluent in Ducth and english, reasonable at German (I was born there), know a bit of French and Spanish from having lived their, portugese from working there, a bit of italian from having done some business there and a little greek from the classics. Although language can really serve as a sort of identity, if you get into it, I prefer to be more flexible. Sometimes language as a whole is much easier if you look at all of them at once. I can read most of what I see around me on when I travel in Europe because most words will have a similar word in one of the languages that I know. I also find that I've learned to mix them up when I think,.. or even when I talk, depending on the language skill of the people I'm talking to. Some words or expressions just work better in certain langauges, so, at least in my head, I mix them constantly, even langauges that I don't really speak very wel. When I take notes its worse. Anything that holds an idea will do, from cartoons to hierglyphs that I picked up studing history or some foreign word for a very complicated idea that just doesn't exist in any other language. Sometimes math, which is really just a language, as well. It seems to me that if young children where taught 'language' at school, rather than one or two particular languages, they'd have a much easier time picking up functional knowledge of the ones they need when they need them later in life. Basically, I play with words and language in my head all the time.