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Lunchtime (multilingualism) poll


“You’re beautiful.”

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you are a person who is multilingual and/or interested in language learning/acquisition. If this is you, please read on because I need your help understanding something. If you got here because you also think that the tattoo in The Grey wasn’t clearly explained, move along.

Assuming you identify yourself as multilingual (I don’t care how fluent you are), my question is this: Can you do things in two different languages at the same time?

To be painfully, explicitly clear, I would like to know if you can, for example, read a newspaper in one language while listening to the radio in another language. I am NOT asking if after engaging in these activities you are able to accurately report back what you have heard or read. And to restate, that was an example. Maybe you listen to the radio in one language while driving and talking in a different language. I don’t know. You tell me.

So, here’s a little poll thing to measure your responses. Once I’ve collected some completely non-scientific data from you guys and done some more research, I’ll post about my conclusions down the line. And please tell me about your experiences in contemporaneous consumption of communication. I’m very interested.

Please vote ONLY if you ARE multilingual (two or more languages).


Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

7 thoughts on “Lunchtime (multilingualism) poll

  1. This is a very interesting question. I speak fluently two languages (French and English (my second language)) and have lived in both environment. I responded Yes to your survey as I think I can do it and have done it but I don’t know how effective it would be to do as I have never truly tested it. I think I would be able to remember some of the conversations in a language while doing something else in an another but it would be an interesting experiment to do in a lab. Don’t know if it has been done before.

    I hope this helps! Will be interesting to follow what you find.

  2. Hum… I’ve answered yes but i would have liked an option saying “yes, but not without difficulty”. I was just thinking about it the other day; I often listen to music while writing. Strangely, whenever a song in French plays in the background, my writing in English is disturbed and slower…

  3. I said yes as well. I often have conversations with my family who speak different languages and I can hold two separate conversations in the two. I also listen to music in French while speaking English or vice versa. Although I do notice that when either of those is the case, French words slip into my English more.

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