Archive for the 'bilingualism' Category

The Eternal Struggle Against My Own Native Language

December 3rd, 2006

Something that is mildly annoying for someone like me, who enjoys writing so much, is that my English spelling is hopelessly muddled. I don’t mean that I’m a bad speller. Far from it. But when I was born, my parents were living in the UK. Back then (1974), books in the UK were much, much, […]

An Advantage of Bilingualism

November 5th, 2006

One of the biggest advantages, for me, of being bi/trilingual is something I almost never hear addressed: Comedy. Learning a new language opens up a world of humour that just isn’t possible in other languages. Take, for example, Japanese. Japanese is ordered SOV (subject, object, verb). English is ordered SVO (subject, verb, object). Since humour […]

Monolingual Blogging by Bilinguals

November 4th, 2006

One of the things that sucks about being bilingual is that, unless everyone you know is also bilingual, when blogging you automatically render yourself incomprehensible to half of the people you know. Frankly, if this blog were about readership, instead of a place for me to vent my thoughts, I would be writing this in […]