Life as a Bilingual

The reality of living with two (or more) languages

Forgotten? Try Your Other Language

Recent research on the relationship between language and memory in bilinguals has produced some very interesting results. It would appear that both autobiographical knowledge as well as more general, factual, knowledge are guided by language. Read More

Hardly surprising

My mother was a German/English bilingual who lived from age 12 onwards in the U.S., but she couldn't do arithmetic in English to save her life. I have also heard that even mathematicians who received their schooling in one country but their higher education in another have similarly split skills: elementary algebra in one language, topology in another.

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François Grosjean, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of psycholinguistics at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and the author of Bilingual: Life and Reality, among other books.

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