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13 Moments Only People Who Study In A Second Language Will Understand

That feeling when you raise your hand, and then the wrong language comes out... Discover how hard work can lead you anywhere in the world. Take the TOEFL® test for a better future.

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1. When you think through a test problem in one language and then have to answer it in the other.

As if finals weren't challenging enough...
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As if finals weren't challenging enough...

2. When you meet another student who can speak the same language as you and you instantly become friends.

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You speak each other's language — literally.

3. When your friends who aren't bilingual assume you're up for translating anything and everything they come across that's in your language.

Yeah, no.
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Yeah, no.

4. When you're talking in a seminar and don't realize you changed languages mid-sentence.

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The point was a good one, even if you were the only one who understood it.

5. When you have to speak in one language after you haven't used it in ages.

"Please excuse my slow response. I'm re-downloading an entire language into my brain."
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"Please excuse my slow response. I'm re-downloading an entire language into my brain."

6. When you're reading one language and get confused, thinking it's the other.

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You, reading: "...mmm...what...OOOOOOOOOOH."

7. When you try to impress a professor or classmate with your bilingualism.

Because the only thing better than being smart in one language is being smart in more than one language.
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Because the only thing better than being smart in one language is being smart in more than one language.

8. When you're talking in class and accidentally use slang from your home country and it confuses everyone around you.

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You can take comfort in the knowledge that every single one of your friends will be using that very same slang by the end of the semester.

9. When you mention the fact you're bilingual on a job or internship application.

You can do admin tasks in a variety of languages!
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You can do admin tasks in a variety of languages!

10. When you need a word in one language but are only able to think of it in the other.

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It's like a brain freeze...but way, way worse.

11. When you need extra cash and immediately know what to do: language tutor!

Make it rain!
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Make it rain!

12. When you realize that shifting between languages all of the time has done something weird to your accent.

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This is especially true on calls with your parents.

13. When you think back on all the studying you had to do as a kid to be able to learn a second language and realize that it was all worth it.

You should probably thank your parents for making sure you stuck with it.
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You should probably thank your parents for making sure you stuck with it.

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