This is a simple story, common to many of us. I was born in Italy, but my parents and my grandparents were born in France. From birth so I listened and recorded in my mind different sounds and words. French language at home and Italian language with relatives and acquaintances, who were born in Italy.
I was lucky: I became bilingual since I articulated my first words!
Like me, many of you were born in different countries in Europe and in the the world and lived in a ‘foreign’ country.
Today bilingualism and multilingualism are a common phenomenon, but most recognized and carefully studied
A few years ago there was a widespread prejudice, or as a well-known psycholinguist says, a MYTH, that still haunts the scientific research. (François Grosjean University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland – Bilingual: Life and Reality (Harvard University Press, 2010)).Bilingualism is a rare phenomenon Bilinguals acquire their two or more languages in childhoodMixing languages is a sign of laziness in bilinguals. Bilinguals have double or split personalities. Bilinguals express their emotions in their first language.
Speaking another language is quite simply the minimum and primary condition for being alive. Julia Kristeva
Bilingualism is a cognitive advantage, that increases intuition and develops learning abilities. Professor Vivian Cook, Emeritus Professor – University of Newcastle