Love As A Second Language
- Created: Thursday, 11 May 2017 08:37
by Claudia Civinini
Culturally mixed couples often have stacks of funny anecdotes involving cross-language misunderstandings. But do emotions also get lost in translation? A study investigated how multilinguals feel when expressing emotions in a foreign language. The 429 participants, who had all used a second language in a romantic relationship at least once, took an online questionnaire, and a sample was also interviewed. About 60 per cent of comments were negative, highlighting communication mishaps, general constraining effects of the foreign language and lack of genuineness in the communication.