Do you read/write exclusively in English (as a non-native English speaker)?


#21

Spanish is a beautiful language. I learned a bit in school but forgot almost everything ^^.
One of my favorite song is spanish -> Bebe - Siempre Me Quedara

I get jealous too when I read a beautifully written poem or book in french ^^


#22

My native language (Filipino) is interesting but I found myself liking to read books that were exclusively written in English more. So that leaves me finding it easier to write exclusively in English and find it difficult to write in my native language.

The downside is, I find it hard to express what I want to say in my native language these days. I wasn’t exactly talkative and I mostly spend my time reading and writing so you know. Lol


#23

I hear ya there. When a writer has skill in his craft his native language I get jealous too… Don’t have that so much with Dutch literature honestly as I don’t really like it much as a language, but I’ve read my share of French and Spanish books and it’s true that when it’s beautifully written it’s a joy indeed. Although they end up using a boatload of words that are never used in a normal conversation :sweat_smile:


#24

I’m on the same boat haha


#25

yeah, but i think that applies to all kind of literature, even here in wattpad, we all like big words xD


#26

Yes. Yes I do write in English only despite the fact that I am not native English speaker


#27

I write only in English, despite the fact that I know four languages.
I am just much more comfortable in English than any other language, because that is the first one I learned to read and write.
Also that is my first language in school. So I am more fluent in reading and writing English.


#28

I almost always write in English, not that I have any issues with my native language (Arabic), but I think you reach more audience in English. Also, I’ve been more interested in English literature and therefore my writing skills are much sharper in English than in Arabic.


#29

I also only write in English these days. I can’t remember the last time I read a book in German.


#30

Yes I have the same “problem”. I write and read in English, tho I can read Japanese too. But not Finnish (native). I can’t even read Finnish books anymore 'cause everything just sounds so stupid. And when I write, I can’t describe anything, it just cringeworthy :grimacing:

And the romance in Finnish… Omg.
“I love you” vs. “Minä rakastan sinua” -which no-one even uses :roll_eyes:


#31

I get that too… that everything just kinda sounds stupid in my own language.
I haven’t read much romance novels, but I’m pretty sure I’d be left with perpetual cringe burned into my face if I were to read them in Dutch :smiley:


#32

well i’m bilingual, so half greek and half english and i find writing in english way easier than greek and not because i can’t write in greek, but because it sounds more awkward to me


#33

I tried writing in my native language couple of times but I just couldn’t do it. English is my third learned language. That doesn’t mean I can’t write in the other two languages though, English is just a little easier. :slight_smile:


#34

I never tried to write in my mother language. I prefer English (though I’m not perfect in English, but I try to improve). I’m from India and though Hindi is our country language, my mother language is Bengali. I never tried writing in Bengali. I like to use English to express the words of my book. :slightly_smiling_face:


#35

Hi! I’m from Indonesia, my mother language is Javanese but I can also speak Bahasa Indonesia. When I was a vocational high school student, the teacher taught me Japanese, Mandarin and English. It was the time my passion reached its peak to study English more. So, I enrolled to a college and took English Literature and Language. I often write in Bahasa Indonesia (only in social medias) but I never tried writing in Javanese. Most of it, I enjoy writing in English for my book, it is easier and challenging.


#36

I first write in English and then translate it into my first language! For very few stories, though.


#37

The boundary between native and non-native English speakers gets increasing blurred. What’s the definition of a native English speaker, exactly? Besides, many native English speakers lack basic grammar comprehension. I know it’s a bit off-topic, but it’s crucial to understand this point. Too many people assume an air of superiority just because their main language is English, casually dismissing excellent writing by someone who’s from a non-English-speaking country.


#38

I’m a native French speaker and I write exclusively in English as well. I’ve studied English at the University for 4 years, read only books written in English during that time and started writing also around that period… now if I try to write in French, it feels weird.

I’d like to add that I’m new to wattpad, and I’ve scrolled through several topics before I saw this one. It’s the first one I feel comfortable enough responding to… I feel less alone, now, so thank you :slight_smile: