My mother tongue is German, and for nearly 40 years, I have been talking and writing mainly German. You would expect it to be the natural thing that I am going on to write in German. But when I got more proficient in English, I started writing my poetry and everything else firstly in English and then translate it into German.
Why do I think and dream in English?
Strange that is. I have often wondered why I do that. Writing and talking in English seems to me seems much more natural than German. I still have to search for words and expressions at times but makes no difference to me. There is that thought that I was supposed to be born in Great Britain but 10 years earlier than I was born, but something went wrong and goes wrong ever since. But I can only speculate about that ;-).
So what? Why do I prefer to write in English? I think English is more exact and you can say things more to the point. You do not need loads of words either to make a point which is essential for poetry. It might also be that I can reach a lot more readers as English is a world language.
There might also be a psychological reason
But there might also be a psychological side to it. I had to experience a good share abuse in German. To not use it as the primary language for my creativity means to step back from those experiences and decide to live for something better.
In the end, though – does it really matter which language I use?As long as I can live and express my creativity, the language is not really of importance or is it?Tweet
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