A conversation on Skype tonight with a French friend:
HIM: Yeah, I don’t really want to be here anymore.
ME: Why’s that?
HIM: I don’t know, maybe it’s the city. Maybe it’s the language. I just don’t like speaking French.
(He’s living in Belgium with his Czech girlfriend.)
ME: You don’t like speaking French? But you are French…
HIM: I know but I’m a different person when I speak English. I’m more outgoing. I’m friendlier. I don’t know… Is that strange?
I’ve heard the same thing from a Dutch friend and a Polish friend.
They’re different when they speak English.
They’re more confident, more outgoing, friendlier…
They do and say things in English they would not usually do in their native language.
Are they crazy?
What do you think?
How do you feel when you speak English?
Are you a different person?
A better person?
I want to know!
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