Things Bilingual People Do
I found this video and I thought the Duolingo community might appreciate it.
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.
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).
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