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2020-09-24 5:15:00 PM  
What I did not yet realize was that that day would also be the start of the surrender of my then strongest language, Arabic, in order to give way to English.

yeah, because nobody can be bilingual
 
2020-09-24 6:02:39 PM  
That's why Amharic speakers always gasp
 
2020-09-24 6:04:39 PM  

chitownmike: What I did not yet realize was that that day would also be the start of the surrender of my then strongest language, Arabic, in order to give way to English.

yeah, because nobody can be bilingual


To be fair, she doesn't English good
 
2020-09-24 8:14:17 PM  
I was impressed. I'm sure he has kept some of his Arabic but I'm not surprised it no longer feels natural. I know that I get worse at Japanese when I don't use it, and when I use it the language becomes more natural to me. I don't think I could ever be unnatural in English but I could certainly imagine being at home in Japanese if I lived there.

I do think he's got a point about second language learners bring in different types of phrases or metaphors, which might sound awkward to some first language speakers. But those terms are fresh and become the basis of new things. "Long time no see" is from Chinese, brought into English. I also think nobody needs and excuse to write in their new language, when you learn a language it is YOURS to use, and your expand yourself and your language by using it. It is not a foreign language if you know it. This is perhaps the biggest pitfall of many older learners, they see it as a "second" language and never make themselves fully at home.
 
2020-09-24 10:20:41 PM  

Fano: chitownmike: What I did not yet realize was that that day would also be the start of the surrender of my then strongest language, Arabic, in order to give way to English.

yeah, because nobody can be bilingual

To be fair, she doesn't English good


You might want to read a bit further, you may learn something about English pronoun usage.
 
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