If it were the only way you could remain with the love of your life, would you be willing for both of you to wake up tomorrow as native speakers of an unfamiliar foreign language, knowing that within a week you’d permanently forget the languages you now speak and largely be cut off from your friends and culture? If so, what new language would you want to speak, and why?
Like anyone who speaks English in this world would ever be allowed to forget that language? America is far to arrogant to let that happen.
That being said, I don’t think I’d do it. It’s easy for me to say that because I don’t have a “love of my life” to speak of. Without that kind of attachment in my life, I don’t know how to weigh that one relationship against those of my friends and family and the potential to lose them without the use of a translator for the rest of my life.
Though, if I were going to choose another language to be stuck in for the next 40 years or so, I’d probably go with Portuguese. Beautiful language.
But what would you do? Would you be willing to basically give up the life you know if it meant being with the love of your life? Let me know down in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.