Grew up in Montréal with an English-speaking Mom and a French-speaking Dad — Now in Italy, losing a native language + having feelings about it

Why the hell do I have to go to French school? We speak English at home! My cousins went to English school. My friends spoke English. I didn’t need to learn French. IT WASN’T PART OF MY BRAND.

Because I had vacationed in New Jersey with my family the summer before kindergarten and knew Americans mainly spoke English, I made the executive decision to not learn a second language. Who the fuck has time to learn another language at 5?

https://filthyflorence.com/2019/10/16/moving-to-italy-made-me-lose-one-of-my-native-languages

Forgetting Words In Your Native Language Is A Good Sign

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Yuhakko 语학子

As a polyglot, I’ve come to speak or read on a daily basis a multitude of languages.

I sometimes wake up speaking English, switch to Japanese for work, read an article in Korean before meeting up with French friends. Sounds great but there’s a problem with that too.

I’ve come to “forget” words I knew.

Or, to be more precise, they are stuck on the tip of my tongue.

For non-language learners, this is laughable. But for anybody learning a foreign language for long enough, this feels like a real problem.

Could you forget your native language?

If you live in your native country, the risk of forgetting it altogether is rather low. But the probability of forgetting common words stays really high.

“I… 기억한다… 覚えてる…记得… me souviens… ah right! I remember!”

In reality, unless you have some kind of brain damage or grow old and get…

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The Confusion about the Native English Language

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Bing Writes Content

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In a job portal, one of the requirements for a content writer reads can write and speak native English.  It would not have caught my attention if the word native wasn’t there.

I got so confused that I had to consult Google.  Google brought me to a website with a query that says ‘Who is considered a native speaker of English?’

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Becoming Silent

Are people always telling you to be silent? Do you often speak without thinking and end up regretting what you’ve said? Would you just feel as if there’s too much noise on your head and want to learn how to turn it away? The fantastic thing is that anybody at all may be quiet — it just takes time and patience. If you want to know how to be silent,…

https://mzochim.wordpress.com/2019/07/15/2-ways-to-be-silent/

How Are You Doing? Enough With The Small Talk

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Cerrato Mom

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How are you doing?

How often do we get asked this question on a daily basis. How often do we ask others this question?

How often do you start to answer and then realize the person asking does not want the meat and potatoes – so to speak – of how you are doing? They want the classic ‘I’m good’ answer. They want the appetizer, not the entree. In some cases, for some, maybe the appetizer is enough to fill your stomach, but it will not sustain you.

Food analogies aside, it’s a very quick back and forth. More like a simple way to say hello and acknowledge someone’s presence. But what if when we asked someone how they are doing we were really making the effort and taking the time to connect with them on a deeper level and get past the superficial?

I…

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Feedback Rules

Feedback is like a drug to me, and I’ve been a junkie for it all of my working life. Not just the nice, ‘you’ve done a good job’ kind of feedback, but more of the ‘here’s what you can do better’ variety that gives me something tangible to munch on.

Maybe it’s because I never had the kind of enviable confidence that some people have. The kind of confidence that makes them feel like they are always right. The kind of confidence that, like a security blanket or better yet, a protective shield, makes it difficult for any kind of criticism to seep through.

The Intoxication of Feedback