Well, the answer is may be =D True is, that a person who speaks more than one language, feels part of the different cultures and acts in different ways. In my case, when I talk Spanish my accent is different if i'm in Argentina, and i talk very andalusian when i'm in Marbella.
When i talk italian with Italians, I gesticulate – but not in the presence of non-italian.
Anyway, the cultural influences coming from other languages do not mean that one will develop multiple personality disorder! It’s surely not pathological.
Multilinguals have a double or multiple cultural reference system. That’s all. Our personality and identity is made of many elements, in a world where more and more people grow up and live with various cultural references – even more so after the expansion of the internet – it is meaningless to stick to the monistic concept of identity. "Identity can be multiple, it can be plural" - Tokuhama-Espinosa, T. (2003), The multilingual mind: Issues discussed by, for, and about people living with many languages, Westport, Conneticut: Praeger Publishers, p.185).
Multilinguals do not necessarily have an identity crisis because they are a part of many cultures. If they have a sort of „identity crisis“, then it’s because other people ask them to choose one of their cultures.
When we speak different languages, we also express different kinds and aspects of ourselves. This depends from our audience, the situation etc. In every language we speak, we create different kinds of self-expressions and experiences for ourselves.
Multilinguals often feel different when they are switching between their different languages. But the difference is felt during this shifting, because the culture, the frame of reference changes with the language too. François Grosjean describes it like this: "what is seen as a change in personality is most probably simply a shift in attitudes and behaviours that correspond to a shift in situation or context, independent of language" (François Grosjean,Life as a Bilingual: the reality of living with two or more languages, Psychology Today, 2011) – I would add: but triggered by the change of language.
Let’s make an example. I usually talk English, but sometimes, I switch to Spanish. Usually this happens, when I’m tired. When this happens, I feel different. My expression changes, words come out much faster and I start gesticulating. But when I talk Spanish or Italian in a more formal context, I slow down and do not gesticulate so much. Therefore, in my opinion, the "personality shift" has a bit to do with the language, but not only. I would say it is like wearing another mask or glove. Sometimes, during role plays I do change language or I do imitate a strong accent in French in order to "feel" and accentuate the difference of the character.
What do you think about this topic? What is your experience as a multilingual – or parent of bi- or multilingual children?
Aquatic plants and grasses, including "floating islands", dominate this wetland reserve that covers 13000 square kilometers in north central Corrientes, Argentina.
I wouldn´t want to be a juicy fly with one of these in the vicinity. Easily the biggest frog I have ever seen. Is a Cururu.
Twitching vigorously. That´s what I was doing most of the time here as birds were abundant almost beyond belief. I saw close to 40 new species. I also saw capybara, swamp deer, howler monkeys, otters and caimans call yacares (little crocodiles).
Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world. They look like giant guineapigs. It is the rodent equivilent of a hippopotamus. Cattle Tyrants perch on their backs and much ticks all day long. You can also have them for diner. =D Tasty.
Not all pork products are created equal. Just imagine for a moment that money was no object, that no supernal slice of lavishly marbled ham or haute hunk of succulent pork was too high-end or high-falutin' for your budget. Here, our mini guide to some of the finest, most exclusive, pork, ham, and bacon in the world.
Jamon Iberico de Bellota
Celebrated El Bulli chef Ferran Adria once said of this traditionally cured Spanish ham, "Iberian pork meat is extraordinary. There's nothing like it elsewhere in the world. There's a great difference between a superior ham and all the rest."
Raised along the Spain/Portugal border, the pata negra (black-hooved) pig roams free-range through old-growth oak forests, dining on herbs, grass, and, most significantly, acorns (bellota means "acorn"), resulting in an intensely flavored, distinctly nutty, and richly marbled meat unparalleled in the ham universe.
1. Dress to airport security. NOT be the @ # $% that delays the row because you have to take gold chains, belts and watches and then acts surprised that do not let your soda bottle. Wear shoes easy to get on and off.
2. Be prepared to be locked in the airport for an indefinite amount of time. The @ # $% hours pass. So fill your phone, tablet or laptop with many games, music, apps and e-books to keep you occupied during long waits. And bring the charger!
3. Do not forget to bring something you can crumple and long sleeves and a sweater. You could also serve as a pillow.
4. Try it-really-do not eat on the plane. Investigate food options at the airport before you arrive. If airport food is bad, as is the case in almost all airports, eat before you arrive. Do your best to sleep on the plane.
5. Wherever you are, eat what the locals know how to cook or what makes them famous, where you like to eat them. DO NOT ask the hotel concierge suggestions as he is in the business of making the tourists happy. But go to establishments that are full of locals. Stay away from places that are full of people like you.
6. Everywhere in the world people like to show appreciation for their food. I can not stress how important it is for any relationship abroad do your initial reaction to the offer of local specialties. He smiles and is happy to see you whether you like the food. If you like, prove it with a word or gesture of appreciation.
7. Bring anti-diarrhea medicine. YOU WILL GIVE diarrhea. It is a risk you take when traveling, and you should not let it beat you.
8 NEVER prove anger, impatience and frustration. In Europe rarely help. And in Asia is a sign of weakness. Keep all hora.hasta Zen thought that it can not .. Rise early and visit the central market. It's a quick way to get into the culture (where you will see the basics of gastronomy) and insurance and find local dishes prepared in kiosks serving market workers.
10. Inflexible Forget your ideas of what is a "toilet".
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