You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
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Aug 27 2014

Many friends have asked me why I write in English. Believe it or not, I don’t know. That is to say, I don’t know how come. All I have is circumstantial evidence (hear the lawyer talking…).

First of all, and even though technically I should say I was raised as a native Dutch speaker, in practical reality my sister and I were raised trilingual: French, Dutch and English. French and Dutch were the “working languages”, but as my parents spoke English whenever they didn’t want us kids to understand, of course by the time we were five or six, we had a reasonably firm grasp of the language (and of course, our parents didn’t cotton on to the fact until a couple of years later). That was reinforced by the ubiquity of English on TV and in the movies: since American and British TV series or movies are not dubbed in Belgium, but sub-titled, by the time my sister and I could read, we were getting free English courses whenever we were watching TV.

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