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Emotional Expression by Bilinguals

EmotionalExpression by Bilinguals

EmotionalExpression by Bilinguals

WhenI was thinking about a sad experience in my first language (L1) andthe second language (L2), the way of describing the event wasdifferent. For example, I used more sadness vocabularies describingthe event in my first language than with the second language. Inaddition, I applied more negative emotion words than positive in L1than I did in L2. I, therefore, believe that expression of emotionsby bilinguals varies.

Ibelieve one reason for the difference in expression is languagepreference. I prefer using L1 when expressing myself, a reason Ibelieve I expressed the sad experience with more L1 emotional words.Another reason maybe because L1 is the language I learned from myfamily (Lilienfeldet al., 2011).I believe that I allow sadness to flow out more using my motherlanguage compared to when using the L2.

Peopleuse their first language more than they use their second. They use itwith their family and their friends. The second language mainly comesin at work, which make persons become more proficient with the L1sadness vocabularies than those of the second language(Ozanska-Ponikwia,2013).Someeven drive the meaning of the second language vocabularies from theirfirst language.

Conclusively,I believe people understand and experience pain and stress more withthe language that suits them better. Their proficiency with alanguage and its vocabularies help in allowing true emotions to show.For example, people even express pain using their first language evenunknowingly when faced with an accident. People know how to associatetheir emotions and body languages effectively when using their firstlanguage. Further, some cultures have a way of expressing theirsadness or pain. Therefore, one has a high emotional intelligencewhen using the language he or she is proficient with, and it ismainly the first language (Ozanska-Ponikwia,2013).


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Ozanska-Ponikwia,K. (2013).&nbspEmotionsfrom a Bilingual Point of View: Personality and EmotionalIntelligence in Relation to Perception and Expression of Emotions inthe L1 and L2.Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.