10 Things Monolingual People Will Never Understand 10

10 Things Monolingual People Will Never Understand 10


1. Wanting to learn a language for no reason whatsoever

Yes, I’m learning Haitian Creole. No, I’m not going to Haiti. And I’m not married to a person from Haiti. And I’m not working with people from Haiti. I just like the sound of their language!

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2. That feeling when you walk into a language bookshop

And it’s like walking into a sweet shop as a child. It’s magic.

that-feeling

3. That feeling when you’re watching a foreign film and you spot a mistake in the subtitles

They always mistranslate X – they should know better!

mistake-in-subtitles

4. The urge to buy new language textbooks all the time even if you know you’re not going to use them

It’s always good to be prepared – just in case you need to find out something about Hungarian grammar…

the-urge-to-buy

5. The urge to follow strangers around just because you want to listen to their language for a little bit

And they won’t think you’re creepy at all!

urge-to-follow-strangers

6. That feeling when you manage to use a newly learned phrase in a conversation and get complimented on it

Because you tried so hard!

newly-learned-phrase

7. That there’s no such thing as a difficult language – there are only languages that you haven’t learned yet

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8. That feeling when you tell somebody how a borrowing should really be pronounced

It’s not ‘caffay’!

pronunciation

9. Accidentally speaking a foreign language to people who speak your native language

Because you’ve got too many foreign words in your head!

foreign-words

10. That feeling when somebody asks you to say something in a foreign language

say-something

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