As an individual, and I have to say as a person of color, the thing about being an 'other' in America is I really feel like you're bilingual. I'm from a small town in Wisconsin, but even when I'm in New York and I'm working for MSNBC or CNN, you're used to being the only black person in the room.
The best translators slip into the glove of a text and then turn it inside out into another language, and the whole thing comes out looking like a brand-new glove again. I'm completely in awe of this skill, since I happen to be both bilingual and a writer, but nevertheless a lousy translator.
The latter. She had a good run, Sook said, doing a little shrug. It was his usual response to death at Mapleshade, and it was a safe bet that he felt that way about himself. Like most twice-widowed, Korea-vet, nature-loving, gun-enthusiast, bilingual, weed-connoisseur great grandfathers of five, he'd lived a full life.
No camera, no recording device, no laptop, none of this palm pilot nonsense or a cell phone. Paper and pencil, a book, maybe a bilingual dictionary. Anything beyond that (a) can be stolen, and (b) intimidates people you encounter. The more double-A batteries you carry, the more you distance yourself from the people you're writing about.
It's a complicated process being so bilingual. Sometimes it's a mere word or sentence that comes to me, if I'm writing the book in English, in French. It's not always easy to deal with. Sometimes even during an interview somebody can ask me a question in English that I want to answer in French and vice versa - that's the story of my life!
Tatiana de Rosnay
In the '80s, I thought I'd be a success as a woman if I were the president of a billion dollar company, had a sensitive soul-mate husband, two bilingual children, buns of steels, and a compost heap. In the '90s, I pretty much feel I'm a success if I can get through the afternoon without eating a cheesecake.
Given the clientele, the restaurants on Capri might resemble those fancy Northern Italian places on the East Side of Manhattan where the captain has taken bilingual sneering lessons from the maitre d' at the French joint down the street and the waiter, whose father was born in Palermo, would deny under torture that tomato sauce has ever touched his lips.
Sarah Buckley is precious, because she is bilingual. She can speak the language of a mother who gave birth to her four children at home. She can also speak like a medical doctor. By intermingling the language of the heart and the scientific language she is driving the history of childbirth towards a radical and inspiring new direction.
Serial tasking is hard because switching tasks is hard, even when the tasks are easy and similar. In some experiments, bilingual speakers are asked to read out numbers, first in one language and then midway in another language. They often stumble at the switch, taking many tries before they hit their stride again.
Anecdotally his fitness reports rated him well above average in the classroom, excellent in the field, fluently bilingual in English and French, passable in Spanish, outstanding on all man-portable weaponry, and beyond outstanding at hand-to-hand combat. Susan knew what that last rating meant. Like having a running chainsaw thrown at you
I wish I could say he was a French professor, a French chef, or even a bilingual tutor, but I can't. He worked in a factory and spent his summer evenings at a reenactment village as a blacksmith or something equally masculine. But it didn't really matter. He was the kind of man I had dreamt of, one who could bring a touch of the exotic to my small-town existence. (No doubt he would make love as passionately as he spoke French.)
An indigenous culture with sufficient territory, and bilingual and intercultural education, is in a better position to maintain and cultivate its mythology and shamanism. Conversely, the confiscation of their lands and imposition of foreign education, which turns their young people into amnesiacs, threatens the survival not only of these people, but of an entire way of knowing. It is as if one were burning down the oldest universities in the world and their libraries, one after another "" thereby sacrificing the knowledge of the world's future generations.
Time will solve all the problems Chinese school graduates face. In our bilingual society, there are no more Chinese school graduates, only English school graduates who can speak Mandarin. These English school graduates probably can also read and write Chinese, but they did not go to a Chinese school, and they act and think differently from us. Drawing a line between us, they would never say they graduated from a Chinese school, because former Chinese school graduates, that is, the vanishing group of people that includes us, are second-class citizens. They, on the other hand, belong to the first class, the Chinese elite, English school graduates who are fluent in Chinese.
Yeng Pway Ngon
All their lovers' talk began with the phrase "After the war". After the war, when we're married, shall we live in Italy? There are nice places. My father thinks I wouldn't like it, but I would. As long as I'm with you. After the war, if we have a girl, can we call her Lemoni? After the war, if we've a son, we've got to call him Iannis. After the war, I'll speak to the children in Greek, and you can seak to them in Italian, and that way they'll grow bilingual. After the war, I'm going to write a concerto, and I'll dedicate it to you. After the war, I'm going to train to be a doctor, and I don't care if they don't let women in, I'm still going to do it. After the war I'll get a job in a convent, like Vivaldi, teaching music, and all the little girls will fall in love with me, and you'll be jealous. After the war, let's go to America, I've got relatives in Chicago. After the war we won't bring our children with any religion, they can make their own minds up when they're older. After the war, we'll get our own motorbike, and we'll go all over Europe, and you can give concerts in hotels, and that's how we'll live, and I'll start writing poems. After the war I'll get a mandola so that I can play viola music. After the war I'll love you, after the war, I'll love you, I'll love you forever, after the war.
Louis de Bernie¨res
OCTOBER 31ST I WAS STANDING BY THE SOUR THESE THUGS DON'T WANNA TALK THEY WANT THESE PUMAS I JUST BOUGHT FRESH OUTTA SCHOOL, PICKED ON CUZ I'M BILINGUAL I BARELY SPOKE ENGLISH BUT THE GUN LANGUAGE WAS UNIVERSAL RAN IN THE GROCERY STORE, SPOKE TO GABRIEL HE SAID, YOU HAVE PROBLEMS, HERE'S A FEEZY FROM ISRAEL RAN BACK OUTSIDE, JUST BEFORE I COULD SAY... ANOTHER HOMICIDE THREW THE BISCUIT IN THE BUSHES RUNNIN LIKE JESSE OWENS POLICE SHOWED UP, BUT I WAS NOWHERE IN EXISTENCE BACK IN THE CRIB THINKIN BOUT WHAT I JUST DID I'MA POLICE OF DEFENSE BUT I'M BOUND TO CATCH THIS BID MY HYPOTHESIS WAS RIGHT, THEY KNOCKED THE DOOR, HOMIE LIKE A SUPER IN THE PROJECTS WANTIN RENT MONEY JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I GET MY LIFE STRAIGHT IN THE STATES IS WHEN I FOUND MYSELF CLIMBIN DOWN THE FIRE ESCAPE BODIES FOUND IN VIRGINIA UNDER THE DUMPSTERS, NO 18 SHELL CASES IN FRONT OF THE GROCERY STO' FLEE THE SCENE OF THE CRIME BEFORE Y'ALL KICK THE DOOR NO YOUR HONOR THAT MUST BE SOME OLD RHYME THAT I WROTE AND LYRICS SOMETIME MAN THEY MISINTERPRETATE IT FOR EXAMPLE WHEN I SAY GUN I MEAN MY PEN AND PAPER AND EVERYTIME I WAVE AND SPIT THE CROWD JUMP CUZ I'M STILL DIGITAL UNDERGROUND LIKE "HUMPTY HUMP" FEEL THE FUNK COMIN THROUGH YOUR ELEPHANT TRUNKS I AINT EVEN *KRISS KROSS* MY CLOTHES YET AND YET Y'ALL WANNA "JUMP, JUMP" IN DA CYPHA, "JUMP, JUMP" YOU IN DA CYPHA