A Multilingual World
I may live and work in a world-famous University city, but the primary language is still English. My workplace has a rule that only English should be used in the public places on campus, even if two people of the same nationality are working together.
Sure, I hear lots of Eastern European and Oriental languages around me on a daily basis but I don't use them myself. I confess to being slightly envious of Francophone Canadians and the inhabitants of Saarbrücken in Germany, who routinely switch between German, French and English as needed.
The first time I went to Saarbrücken, I noticed the receptionist at our hotel speaking German with her colleagues, French with the cleaning staff and English with the guests. My French is not terribly good; my German is better, and I can carry on a higher level of conversation in German than I can in French.
My boss is of Indian descent, but was brought up in Europe. Apart from flawless English, he also speaks French, Hindi and Bengali . We'll leave out the fact that he's ferociously intelligent, highly diplomatic and has the patience of a saint to boot. To my mind he is a future Head of Department, with all those attributes.
Many of the digital arts parties I attend have representatives of many other nationalities there, and it's not unusual to have to ask which language a scener wants to converse in before starting talking with them.
Do you routinely use more than one language in your job or home life, and if so, which ones?
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