Language is a funny thing. It's how you communicate your thoughts to other people, but it also plays an important role in how those thoughts come up in the first place. Sometimes, as you move through the world, you'll find yourself subconsciously slipping into another way of speaking — maybe you'll suppress or enhance your accent, or only use certain phrases around certain people, or, if you're multilingual, seamlessly mix several languages into a speech only your family can understand. That's called "code-switching," and you might be surprised by the effect it has on the world.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas July 26, 2018
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