Bilinguals use their languages in different contexts, with different people, for different goals. As a consequence, it would be impossible to be bilingual and have the exact same command of both languages – i.e. the “true bilingualism” the man I met spoke of, or balanced bilingualism, as researchers call it. In brief, all bilinguals have different commands of the languages they speak – and that is absolutely okay.
One of the first culture shocks I had after moving to Edinburgh from the United States was coming across the quirky sayings and term use here. I remember my friend saying that we need to get in the queue (while… Read more‘Q-ing’ or ‘Queueing’: Scottish slang guide