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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.

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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.

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3. So, naturally, you teach them swear words.

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4. People just automatically assume you’re smart in 2 languages.

Nope, still failing at least 2 modules on my course. 🙃🙃🙃

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5. But it does boost your ego when people are impressed that you’re so cultured.

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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.

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7. Everyone stares at you on public transport when you’re talking on the phone with your mum and switch between 2 languages.

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8. But you truly don’t know embarrassment unless you’ve answered a question in a seminar in the wrong language.

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9. When you daydream during lectures, you find yourself thinking in another language.

“Wow, my brain is amazing.”

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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.

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11. Autocorrect constantly changes words into the wrong language.

Which gets awkward when emailing lecturers or writing essays on your laptop.

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12. Speaking of writing essays, you struggle to coherently think of synonyms in English.

Google to the rescue.

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13. You hate Google Translate with a passion because it’s always wrong…

But you still appreciate it.

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14. You have to admit that your CV looks better with the word ‘bilingual’ written amongst your skills.

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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.

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16. Meeting fellow bilinguals who speak your language is really exciting.

Especially if you speak something that isn’t mainstream.

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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…

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18. And you can bitch about other people without them ever knowing. 👍

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