How Multilingual People Use Several Languages All at Once

Bilingualism, trilingualism or multilingualism is a common reality in India — most literate people can read and write in more than one language, and almost everyone can speak or at least understand several at once.

In other predominantly English-speaking parts of the world, multilingual people are often exclaimed at and lauded, but for most Indians, it’s a characteristic that’s inherently a part and parcel of growing up in a country with 22 official languages and hundreds of dialects.

  • Rajvi Desai
  • The Swaddle

A common question posed to people who speak more than one language is what language they …

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