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I have been asked the same questions about being multilingual or learning a language time and time again, so I think it is time I set the record straight about a few things (and point out how annoying your questions are). These are the questions that we have all heard a million times, and should be avoided when talking to a polyglot.

On the other hand, if you go to a place and attempt to understand people, attempt to connect deeply with others – feel your tongue moving in a different way as it tackles a new language, feel your face flush as you realise your starting to understand what people are saying, get what you want by negotiating with people, and make memories in a different language… your experience is going to be that much more rewarding.

In my opinion, people often treat the topic of speaking a language with far too much casualty. For me, while I may have been able to understand and communicate with everyday topics, if I couldn’t discuss a zombie apocalypse or explain how I was feeling and why in Spanish, I couldn’t speak Spanish.