A question for second language speakers...

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    Jun 29, 2013 4:19 PM GMT
    My mother language is Chinese and I speak both Spanish and English, but I'm more used and accustomed to speaking Spanish, when I chat with some Latinos, Spaniards or Hispanic people I seem to have a power to switch my original personality: from being implicitly quiet to being passionately open. Well, when talking to some English speakers I usually become a little serious.., after all it's not the language that I'm familiar with in my daily life, I don't have as many English-speaking friends as Spanish-speaking ones in the real life.

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    Jun 29, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    neffa saidMy parents first language is French, but i grew up speaking French and Australian and then learn Spanish during high school and college ... I have been told many times that i speak Spanish with more of a French than with an Australian accent , and i think it comes from the fact that French and Spanish are very similar in wordings .


    That is because French and Spanish derives from Latin! I myself grew among Italians in my neighborhood, thus I find Italian to be a lot easier to understand! I learned to pick up a lot of Italian, and Portuguese too by the way; as currently my once predominantly Italian neighborhood have being replaced by Portuguese residents!! love it!!
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    Jun 29, 2013 7:40 PM GMT
    I find myself a LOT happier when I'm speaking Spanish. Part of that is because I have no negative memories attached to Spanish, only happy ones. I've had a number of bilinguals (English/Spanish) tell me that my face lights up and my demeanour is so much more positive when speaking Spanish. I joke as much in Spanish as I do in English, but it's not the same type of joking...hard to explain.
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    Jun 29, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    neffa saidMy parents first language is French, but i grew up speaking French and Australian and then learn Spanish during high school and college ... I have been told many times that i speak Spanish with more of a French than with an Australian accent , and i think it comes from the fact that French and Spanish are very similar in wordings .

    Australian is a language? What???????????
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    Jun 29, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    Bharatiya said
    neffa saidMy parents first language is French, but i grew up speaking French and Australian and then learn Spanish during high school and college ... I have been told many times that i speak Spanish with more of a French than with an Australian accent , and i think it comes from the fact that French and Spanish are very similar in wordings .

    Australian is a language? What???????????


    Yes Australian is a language too. There are three languages that are native to Australia plus a native sign language called Auslan.

    Also, English is not the official language of Australia. There is no official language of Australia. However, English is the de facto language which is spoken by the majority.