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Naomi
Speaking multiple languages means having multiple personalities
Language and culture is always connected. I think it is almost same language as culture. When I talk to my Japanese friend and share my feelings, I sometimes wish that they would also understand English. This is because i would express my feelings in English better than Japanese in some cases and vise versa. Also, I think my personality changes a little while speaking Japanese and English. When I speak Japanese, I always think about politeness so I watch my words so carefully. Sometimes, I hold my opinion and think what is the best thing to say in this situation for others. I try to watch my words when I speak English but it's not like when I speak Japanese. I feel more free when I speak English. In fact, I don't post my opinion on the Internet like this in Japanese. If you have similar experience, I would like to know yours.

Thank you
May 22, 2020 9:22 PM
Comments · 2
Hi, Naomi :)

An Italki teacher, Somila, posted a very similar question yesterday, and she received some interesting responses.

Two languages two personalities?
https://www.italki.com/discussion/239992
May 22, 2020
I also feel that when I speak Japanese my personality changes a little. It's definitely true that the way I act around Japanese friends is a little different than how I act with my non-Japanese friends. My experience is a bit different from yours, though. When I speak Japanese it is easier for me to express happy feelings, because all you need to say to express happiness in Japanese is 嬉しい. However, when I speak English I have to say something like "I'm so happy you said that," or "That makes me happy." I think saying 嬉しい in Japanese is more directly emotional/expressive than saying a whole long phrase in English.
May 22, 2020
Naomi
Language Skills
English, Japanese
Learning Language
English