our first language is Trini.

My son, doing homework: "what's eggplant?"

Me: "baigan"

Son: "Eeeew, hate it."

It reminded me of the first time I went to the UK when I was about 11. No-one spoke my language! And all along, I thought I had been speaking English! We use so many words here that are Arabic, Hindi, or whatever, with French grammar. "it makin' hot!"

I love it.


Karen said…
And then there's the great American English. Even my American-born and raised kids are struggling with the horrors.
Anonymous said…
I can relate to this too. In our small expat community overseas, we mixed in French and Arabic words with our English, and now that I'm in an all-English place I sometimes can't think of the right word!