As an expat living in a foreign country, you realize after a couple of years (or sooner) that your ability to recall words in your mother tongue becomes increasingly difficult. I struggle almost on a daily basis to think of a word for something, especially when asked by a colleague. Although I work in English most of the words are scientific or technospeak. The rest of the time I am trying to speak Swedish and so my brain is quickly full of simple Swedish words, thus losing space in my brain for the dead and dying English words and phrases I never hear anymore. C and I struggle with our language differences all the time. His English will always be superior to my Swedish so we rarely speak Swedish together. I do listen to him speak it with friends and family, and I test myself to see if I understood the gist of the conversation. When we watch movies, I cannot help but read the Swedish text underneath, which helps increase my vocabulary. The thing is, all this Swenglish is stealing my favorite words from my memory banks. So I thought I would list 10 of them so I can refer back at any time and lovingly speak these words out loud for the beauty of the sounds they make in English. I have added links to the definitions on Dictionary.com.
- Ratatouille (I like this word even more because of the movie…)
- Ecum Secum (not a word, a place near where I grew up…)
More about murmuration is found here… because both C and I saw this amazing event in Rome last year I can only say it is one of the most magical things around! and it is a great word.