Walk a mile in my boots


Originally posted on JosePicardo.com:

As a languages teacher, it never ceases to astound me to think that the rasping, whistling and vibrating sounds emanating from our mouths and noses when we talk can be effortlessly decoded by others as meaningful language. This allows us to communicate with one another in astonishing levels of complexity. Language is a defining feature of people. If you think about it, language allows us to insert ideas in other people’s brains without the need for surgery.

In many western societies we might be tempted to assume that being able to speak and understand more than one language is the exception. However, it is estimated that between half and three quarters of the world’s population is bilingual to some degree. I am bilingual. Trilingual even, on a good day. And I am not alone…

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