April 7: Thoughts for the Day

I was watching news on CNN a few nights ago and was struck by the number of people, both CNN staff and people being interviewed, with very distinct foreign language accents. Every one of them, quite obviously, is at least bi-lingual, some probably multi-lingual.  I admire people who speak more than one language; I should be one, but I’m not. Not yet.

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"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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2 Responses to April 7: Thoughts for the Day

  1. Mosha says:

    Yes, it is wonderful to have. It’s always a work in progress for me. My son, whom is completely bi-lingual in English/Spanish flows gracefully between the two, switching his accent as well. I’ve never been able to lose my English accent when speaking Spanish, but, I really didn’t think I would given the fact that I starting to learn it at my 30 years old. At first thought it was just a Trish thing. However, my comadre (my sons godmother, and my best friend) is Dutch. She speaks 5 languages…Dutch, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. She has lived in Mexico for 45 years, and began learning Spanish at her 22 years. She speaks much better than I, but I can still hear traces of an English accent (ironically it doesn’t sound Dutch). I don’t worry much about this, for most understand me in spite of the accent. It’s never too late to learn, John!

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