True multilingualism

True multilingualism

True multilingualism or true bilingualism is a mental state in which the meaning of utterances of sounds is transitory and transient.

Here is an example:

A mechanic of central Latin American origin once told me:  When I hear English on TV, I understand it mentally in Spanish, and when I hear Spanish on TV, I understand it mentally in English.”

Multilingualism is therefore not a translation process.  It is a process of transitory transience of cognition or meaning.




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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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