Bilinguals and Accents

There is a longstanding myth that real bilinguals have no accent in their different languages. In fact, having an accent in one or more languages is the norm for bilinguals; not having one is the exception.

Intermingling Languages: From Conversation to Literature

When interacting among themselves, bilinguals may well intermingle their languages. What may seem to be haphazard behavior is governed in reality by linguistic and social constraints, and is even used to literary ends by some bilingual authors.  

The Rose

We all have one or two key people who have inspired us in our careers. We might not have chosen our particular domain, and be who we are, had we not met them. A bilingual couple played that role in my career and in my life.

Questions Bilinguals Ask when Communicating with Others

Whenever bilinguals are communicating with others, they have to ask themselves two questions. They do so without being aware of them most of the time.

Bilingual Infants

Bilingual infants are not delayed in their language development but they may well be dominant in one language depending on the input they receive.

What a Bilingual's Languages are Used For

Bilinguals usually acquire and use their languages for different purposes, in different domains of life, with different people.

Dormant Bilinguals and President Obama

Dormant bilinguals revert to using only one of their languages; after a period of time, they may start forgetting their other language(s). President Obama is a prime example.

Becoming Bilingual

Even though we associate becoming bilingual with young children, one can become bilingual at any time during one's life.

Bilingualism's Best Kept Secret

It is estimated that those who use two or more languages (or dialects) in their everyday lives make up more than half of the world's population.

Who is Bilingual?

Bilinguals are those who use two or more languages (or dialects) in their everyday lives. But this definition is fairly recent.

Myths about Bilingualism

Having lived in three different countries, the United States, Switzerland and France, I have learned a lot about the myths that surround bilingualism.