27 Truths Only Polyglots Will Understand
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Your personality changes a little (or a lot) in each new language and it kinda freaks you out.
Your vocal range also switches depending on the language you're speaking.
Your phone or computer can't keep track of which language you're trying to type or search in.
Your accents start getting mixed up, too.
So do your grammars.
You can glide effortlessly from one language into another without even thinking.
Sometimes you freak out because you're not sure if you've accidentally switched languages in your head and said something that doesn't make any sense.
Sometimes you actually reply in the wrong language and everyone gets very confused.
You get made fun of when you use mannerisms you picked up from another language.
You can eavesdrop like a champ.
But you also wish your friends spoke the same languages as you, so you could gossip with them in public and get away with it.
You feel more comfortable expressing certain things in some languages.
You can't stop laughing to yourself when a common word in one language sounds crude in another.
The better you get at one language, the more you misspell words in another.
You occasionally forget simple words in your native language, even when you know their equivalents in a foreign language.
You start injecting foreign words into your native tongue and things get really weird.
And you're mortified to discover that some of the "foreign" words you comfortably use in one language are totally made up.
You're constantly frustrated by never being able to translate exactly what you mean, but you make peace with coming close enough.
Sometimes your tongue becomes physically fatigued and you have to switch to your own language to give it a rest.
Your dreams get weird: people who don't speak a language IRL can suddenly understand it, or even bust out a flawless accent.
You can tell you're becoming really close friends with someone when you lapse into a language you forget they don't speak.
Everyone always wants to practice their language skills with you.
Sometimes you freak people out because they didn't think they'd ever hear a foreigner speaking their uncommon language.
And once they get over the shock, they love you instantly for it.
People find out how many languages you can speak and think you're superhuman.
They don't believe you when you say you're not native.
And tbh, you wouldn't trade your language abilities for anything.
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