Lingua franca love

In a diverse city like London, you see many “mixed” couples, as in, people from different countries and cultures getting together.

I find it fascinating how they communicate. You would think the most intimate thing between two people is the language, the communication they exchange. Of course, most people in the world get together with someone who shares the same native tongue. And I guess you also get a common situation where one person moves to the country of their partner, and learns the native language of their partner.

But when two people meet in a new city, and the language they communicate is neither of their native tongues… I’m fascinated to think of how they develop their intimacy. In a way, they are learning about this new culture together, and their love is growing at the same time.

Let’s take a random example of a Polish person and a Brazilian person meeting in London. They will have such different native cultures and traditions, but here their love grows in English and their shared world is English.

Of course, the community they are in are also likely to be highly multi-cultural. Many of them will speak a type of English without many of the idioms and sayings that native people usually use, but at the same time, they will bring in influences from their own countries and languages.

to be continued…