18 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re a Bilingual Student
Double the languages, double the fun…
1. Your flatmates will ask you to speak in your other language as soon as they find out you’re bilingual.
This will become something of a party trick.
It's actually super annoying when people are like say something in your language like nooooo
— A BURR ❄️ (@ItsAnnaBurcaa) April 25, 2012
2. It can get quite annoying when people ask you to teach them your language.
It isn’t that easy. It takes years. Actual years.
3. So, naturally, you teach them swear words.
I feel like it's my social responsibility to let you all know that madhir chod is actually a swear word that has no relation to love at all😂
— soniya (@Sonyeee07) November 5, 2017
4. People just automatically assume you’re smart in 2 languages.
Nope, still failing at least 2 modules on my course. 🙃🙃🙃
5. But it does boost your ego when people are impressed that you’re so cultured.
6. If they play a popular song in your language in the club, eyebrows will raise impressively that you can sing (or scream) along to all the words.
Thanks to Mi gente ft Beyonce I have become bilingual
— Madame CJ Rih Rih (@Kyra_Ann24) September 29, 2017
7. Everyone stares at you on public transport when you’re talking on the phone with your mum and switch between 2 languages.
8. But you truly don’t know embarrassment unless you’ve answered a question in a seminar in the wrong language.
9. When you daydream during lectures, you find yourself thinking in another language.
“Wow, my brain is amazing.”
10. And sometimes, you even translate what is being said into your other language.
This might occur naturally or because it’s easier to grasp in your second language.
Does anyone else sometimes translate things to another language in their head? Wow nerd moment of the day
— Bex 💕 (@b_pointe) January 22, 2011
11. Autocorrect constantly changes words into the wrong language.
Which gets awkward when emailing lecturers or writing essays on your laptop.
12. Speaking of writing essays, you struggle to coherently think of synonyms in English.
Google to the rescue.
13. You hate Google Translate with a passion because it’s always wrong…
But you still appreciate it.
i hate how google translate doesn't pick up slang and then translates something into something completely wrong
— cora (@corahyde00) December 30, 2016
14. You have to admit that your CV looks better with the word ‘bilingual’ written amongst your skills.
Not even gonna lie, being able to put 'bilingual' on my CV is cool as fuck. #EvenIfItIsGujarati
— J (@Jellycat21) September 23, 2013
15. Especially as you can easily take your language at uni for an easy module.
Your future boss will be super impressed you got 90%+ in something.
16. Meeting fellow bilinguals who speak your language is really exciting.
Especially if you speak something that isn’t mainstream.
I love meeting people who speak the same language as me >>
— حمزہ (@ExquisiteMind) October 17, 2013
17. But possibly the best thing about being bilingual at uni is being able to covertly smile and curse at your friends when they do something stupid….
I just called you an imbecile in my language but you’ll never know that…
If u swear at your friends in another language it automatically makes it acceptable #ruleoflife
— Emily Jo (@gymCASSheroes) February 8, 2012
18. And you can bitch about other people without them ever knowing. 👍
I love being bilingual. I get to choose in which language I want to be a bitch for the day.
— 🌞 (@xdulceee) November 27, 2017