1, 2, 3…4 Mother Tongues

Claudia

I was born in The Netherlands and have a German father and Ghanaian mother. We spoke 4 languages at home (Dutch, Twi, English and German). Even though I always loved the fact that I understand multiple languages, at times it would feel a bit overwhelming.
If my mom would talk to me in Twi I would respond in Dutch or English. Or when a German family member would ask or say something I would tell my father what I wanted to say and ask him if he could respond for me. Now I can say that I am proud that I represent multiple languages and nationalities. I think that is why I always have been eager to travel the world and explore more languages, nationalities and cultures. I have been to Ecuador for an exchange program of six months, where I learned Spanish (language #5). Hopefully one day I will add a sixth language.

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