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  • noun condition of being able to speak only a single language


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  • Monolingualism is Curable!

    So said the cheery sticker on the door of the Language Faculty staffroom where I did my teaching practice.

    Having said that, I came a cropper by awarding a Language Merit certificate at the school assembly to a girl I announced as Christina Bulung Abis for a paper she wrote. It turned out her name was Christina, and she had been trying to write 'belum habis' (in Indonesian, 'not finished') as a note to me at the top of the page. But her spelling ... oh cruel attestation to my pedagogical success!

    November 12, 2008