Bilingual Quotes

Quotes tagged as "bilingual" (showing 1-7 of 7)
Franz Kafka
“German is my mother tongue and as such more natural to me, but I consider Czech much more affectionate, which is why your letter removes several uncertainties; I see you more clearly, the movements of your body, your hands, so quick, so resolute, it’s almost like a meeting.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena: Expanded and Revised in a New Translation

Gayle Forman
“Annoyance has made me bilingual.”
Gayle Forman, Just One Day

Gustavo  Perez Firmat
“I de mí.”
Gustavo Pérez Firmat

“For years, "Sorry, I don't speak French" has been the reflexive response of English-speaking Canadians to a request, a comment, or a greeting in the other official language. Part apology, part defiance, it is a declaration of the otherness. That is not me. I don't do that. The language barrier is her, at this counter, now.”
Graham Fraser, Sorry, I Don't Speak French: Confronting the Canadian Crisis That Won't Go Away

“Her English was sweet, an effort for her, anachronistic and unpractised.”
Ruth Ahmed, When Ali Met Honour

“Something critical happens when the cadre of bilinguals learns to read imported scrolls: they gain entry into a library. I use the word "library" to refer not to a physical building but, more broadly, to the collectivity of accumulated writings. . . . humans possess an ever-increasing store of writings, the totality of which I call the library. The transformation of an oral culture into a written one means, first and foremost, the potential entry of bilinguals into a library.”
Minae Mizumura, The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Debasish Mridha
“I don’t know or understand any other language except the language of kindness.”
Debasish Mridha