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22 Things Only Bilingual Kids Will Understand

"Oh wow, you speak another language? Say something in it!"

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1. Being proficient in two languages makes you seem really smart.

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And because you learnt both as a baby, you didn't even have to go to any language classes.

2. And learning them both when you were really young means that you probably speak without an accent in either.

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You feel really smug about this.

3. As a child you read a lot of non-English books to “keep up the language”.

It kept your parents happy, so you persevered with it.
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It kept your parents happy, so you persevered with it.

4. And although you hated doing extra studying as a child, you know you'll make your further kids do the same.

It's worth it in the long run.
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It's worth it in the long run.

5. You dip in and out of both languages when you're at home with your family.

Which means you've practically created your own language that no one else can understand.
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Which means you've practically created your own language that no one else can understand.

6. And your texts with your parents are probably an amalgamation of languages too.

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7. Going through 57577556 language keyboards on your phone before you get to the emoji one is a bit tiresome.

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But needs must.

8. If your parent’s first language doesn’t have gendered pronouns, they’ll mix up "him" and "her" a lot.

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9. Sometimes, you too get confused about which words are English and which aren't.

This is particularly embarrassing if you're hanging out with English-speaking friends.
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This is particularly embarrassing if you're hanging out with English-speaking friends.

10. But hey, at least you can bitch about strangers with your parents without needing to be discreet.

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The supermarket queue is the best place for this.

11. Your grandparents will always be suspicious of England and whether you are eating enough good food and getting enough vitamins.

12. Your parents will complain about the weird things "the English" do.

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13. But they will also complain about the weird things people do in their home country when they visit, because they're now so used to "the English" way of doing things.

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14. And call lots of things that are literally just English “very English”.

Like literally every pub.
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Like literally every pub.

15. Your accent changes based on who you hang out with.

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16. People are always surprised when they hear you on the phone to your parents because you suddenly switch to a different language.

17. Holidays, like Christmas, are a weird mixture of traditions at your house.

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But maybe you get to have two Christmases.

18. If your parents aren't that sure of their English, they probably get you to check their grammar.

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19. And occasionally function as their translator.

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20. Nothing is more infuriating than people talking down to someone that speaks English with an accent.

anytime i see ignorant Americans boldly misunderstand people who aren't native English speakers I think of my parents and go in a blind rage

21. You expect any long term partner of yours to learn at least a little bit of your first language, so they'll get along with your family.

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It's not true love if you're not willing to learn another alphabet for me.

22. You'll always be grateful to your parents for not letting you forget your mother tongue.

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