Worlds in Words
Language dances with our imagination, it creates an incredible range of emotions and feelings. It is so much than just a communication device; it is a way to understand the world around us, defining our reality and what it means to be human. It operates with its tools called words.
What is a word? What is a name? Can a word create an identity? Do bilingual people also have two countries, not just two languages? Do they belong more to their motherland? Does translation change the meaning? Are we more emotional in our mother tongue and if we are why?
We derive parts of our identities from words that are being thrown around us. They mean particular things to us or our national identities, but those same words might mean something slightly different for other people and other nationalities. The way we understand them makes who we are.
What happens if suddenly your name is changed or even the name of your country changes, does that influence on your identity as well.
Those are my questions as a bilingual – born in one country and raised in another. Constantly asking myself about identity and how different people identify themselves.