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27 Truths Only Polyglots Will Understand

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2. Your vocal range also switches depending on the language you're speaking.

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You're lower in German, higher in English and randomly louder in Spanish — and you feel like a teenager whose voice is cracking.

3. Your phone or computer can't keep track of which language you're trying to type or search in.

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And you have so many different keyboards installed on your phone it takes forever to flip through and find the most important language of all: emoji. 💯


6. You can glide effortlessly from one language into another without even thinking.

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Which can be really useful, but also embarrassing if it happens at the wrong time — like calling your teacher "Mom" when you were a kid.

7. 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.

8. Sometimes you actually reply in the wrong language and everyone gets very confused.

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Your brain knew you were trying to say something, but then it just shut down and said, "Fuck it, I'm too old for this shit."


12. You feel more comfortable expressing certain things in some languages.

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You prefer one for cursing, one for flirting and one for giving directions. And you do math in your head in the language where you first learned arithmetic.


15. You occasionally forget simple words in your native language, even when you know their equivalents in a foreign language.

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What's that thing I was going to put on the grocery list? Баклажан... oh, eggplant.


21. You can tell you're becoming really close friends with someone when you lapse into a language you forget they don't speak.

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They really ~get~ you. But they still don't understand Hindi. Sorry.


25. People find out how many languages you can speak and think you're superhuman.

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"Oh, it's NBD," you say, recalling all the years you've studied. (And if you're an immigrant, all the times you felt totally isolated before you learned enough of the language to make friends and communicate your needs.)