If you’re bilingual, then you’re oftentimes met with the occasional “you’re so lucky to know two languages” comment from people. They’re right: Having an additional language under your belt can be incredibly beneficial and apparently it can also change the architecture of your brain. Psychologist Judith Kroll studies bilingualism at Pennsylvania State University and looks at the cognitive consequences of speaking multiple languages. When making a decision of what words to say, Wired reports, “Kroll thinks this constant cognitive challenge that bilinguals face may be responsible for an observed improvement in what’s called executive function, or the ability to filter out unnecessary information and make decisions” — a.k.a. the brain gets stronger.
Monolingual people find us fascinating — because let’s be real, being able to connect with other people in their native tongue is beautiful — but they don’t see our daily frustrations. A lot can get lost in translation when you’re a master in one language and not the other. Hell, it can get messy even if you’re mediocre in both languages — the struggle does not discriminate your strength in one or both languages. And as someone who speaks English and Spanish, you start to wonder if you're trilingual because you’ve become fluent in Spanglish. So here’s nine things bilingual people can all relate to.
Let us know any things you do because you’re bilingual in the comments below!