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Things Bilingual People Do

I found this video and I thought the Duolingo community might appreciate it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReHdQsB5rI8

October 6, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrookeLorren

So true... although I never would be mean enough to teach someone the wrong word if someone asked me.

The other day we were taste testing people's chili for a chili cookoff. I would talk about the chili in French with my husband, because I didn't want the cooks to know what we were saying. I am not very strong in the French language, but it is my husband's strongest non-English language that I also can speak.

We weren't saying anything mean or anything, but I didn't really want to express my opinion about somebody's cooking in front of them if it was anything but "delicious!"

When my kids used to be stronger in sign language, I would say stuff to them in sign language that I didn't want other people to know (reminders like "say thank you", etc.). Since sign language is silent, I didn't even have to interrupt other people. They've forgotten most of it, so I don't do that any more.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HexManiacSarina

Aw man it sucks when people forget languages like that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lostneedle

I am hoping to have some of those bad habits eventually :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mathso2

I've seen it before, but it hasn't gotten old :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Sapphira-

OMG This video is so hilarious!!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeonMoogle

Thanks for posting! I must become bilingual one of these days!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IzZySsPp

oh my gawd that was so freaking halarious


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ESAndrew

Haha loved that video


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristenDQ

I'd like to add two to that list. I'm bilingual in American Sign Language and English. Sometimes I'll find myself SPEAKING in English and SIGNING in ASL! I will also find myself watching a TV show, but signing along with it (also happens sometimes with songs on the radio).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daKanga
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Oh gosh - that would be so great to be able to do.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/QuisieraAprender

I'm being taught Spanish and French. I find if I'm in French class and my Spanish teacher comes in, I switch to Spanish almost automatically. Do you switch languages depending on context?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SiblingCreature

Nice... I'd love to be able to do those things. :-)

That said, the bit where she teaches her friend the wrong phrase reminded me of this: http://notalwaysright.com/waaay-lost-in-translation/26065


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BoiItsBeluga

I relate to that video, the worse is when you forget words and phrases in the languages you speak. XD

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