Julie Ng

Julie Ng

Are you really native?

I swear I am, but after years of living in Germany and daily speaking tons more German than English, my command of the language has eroded. This is especially true of my written English. Last week, I read an article I found on the NY Times about world telecommunications costs silly and misinformed. I sat down at my computer to write a letter to the editor and didn’t manage 100 words without feeling totally unsatisfied.

A large part of the problem is that I not only speak in German. I think in German. That means that when I write and speak English, I often stop because I cannot figure out what this or that is English. And often times, it just doesn’t exist.

I need to make a running list.