Bilingual Problems


1.You sometimes forget words in your first language.

2.Other languages have better words to express things, but you can’t use them to explain things unless you’re with another bilingual person.

3.The amount of verbs you’ve memorized in your life is slightly ridiculous.

4.You understand another culture by its’ language, but you still feel like an outsider.

5. You know what it feels like to switch languages when the teacher walks past in your language class.

6. Accents are the weirdest thing on earth to understand, but it’s cool to know you can understand weird ones.

7.You can surprise people by switching to their language, and you’ll become a better person in their eyes quickly. It honestly makes some people’s day when I’m at work.

8.You’re asked to be the translator while traveling for your friends or family.

9.You know the difference between having an ELA class and an FLA class.

10.You’ve read some pretty weird books in language class.

11.You’re always intimidated to speak in front of other people in your second or third language.

12.When you tell someone you speak another language, they always ask you to say something, and all you can think of is something stupid to say.

13.You definitely *don’t* learn any swear words first.

14.You can speak franglais or spanglish.

15.Your search history involves lots of: What is x in y language?

So, that’s a short list of bilingual problems, what ones did I miss? Leave them in the comments!




I'm a recent graduate currently living in Calgary, Alberta. You can usually find me with a cup of coffee in one hand while reading a pile of books or planning my next big project. I'm curious about many things - including history, photography, and travelling. You can find me writing away at

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