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Introverts Vs. Spoken Second Language

Introverts, sound off. You hate cocktail parties. Yes. You hate BBQ's. Yes. You hate making small talk. "Work is good. My family is good. My dog wakes me up too early but he's good." So, what about your new language? Is it easier?

I'm a solemn cat trapped in a world of barking dogs. Recently, I went to a poker tournament thinly veiled as a birthday party. I brought a nicely wrapped present and instead of receiving cake I was asked to plunk down cash into a $20 buy-in. My money didn't last long but I walked away with $20 worth of social knowledge. I got to rub elbows with people all night without worrying about who I'm voting for or why I drive a stick-shift. All we talked about was poker. Deliciously impersonal! Then it occurred to me. This is why I like French (my second language). When I speak it....it's about the language. It's not about me. Maybe that will change over time as I become nearer-to-fluent but that may be many years from now.

Someday, a native French speaker might passionately ask me why I like hamburgers over hot dogs. I suppose that will be a good thing because my goal is to be mistaken as a native speaker just once in my life.

Introverts, do you see less of a communication struggle with your new language?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/anebz
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Definitely! They say your personality changes with every language you learn, and I agree! I've realized I'm way more charismatic and outgoing in English, don't know why

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slugger_otoole

Yes! I've noticed a change. People bark at me all day. I've found them easier to take.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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I struggle less when speaking in another language but it is slightly different in every language I speak. I think the clearest differences are between Swedish and Portuguese because Brazilian and Swedish culture differ quite a lot. Brazilians are quite extravert while swedes are quite introvert.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/La-Ame-ly

What a nice subject! I'm introvert speaking dutch and german, extravert in other languages and looking forward to find out how I will develop into speaking french :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFjsBvYIr0A

I love this example of people changing languages and changing personalities.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/007woofwoof
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French speaking brings out a charming part of me. Never occurred to me before. Remarkable.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Isoldhe
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I find it easier to express myself in English more than in Dutch. I don't speak French very well yet. It still takes me a lot of time to form a sentence in my head, but maybe one day I can speak it as easy as Dutch and English. I also read this article about personality changes in bilinguals, and I definitely agree too. I don't really feel like a different person when I speak English, but somehow it's easier for me to communicate with barking dogs in English XD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/agent001

making a call is awful in every foreign language for me still. But I didn't mind (trying to...) speaking french in france. But I'm not shy so I don't have a problem talking with people in general.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Richard91848

Maybe I am not far enough along in speaking, or trying to speak French to know. But so far...c'est difficle

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slugger_otoole

Great insight, everyone. Next week's topic...the little light in the refrigerator.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jujuzuzu56

J'ectis

2 years ago
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