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Escribir en dos idiomas
Barbara Mujica
Georgetown University
Escribo en dos idiomas porque vivo en dos idiomas. Pienso, leo, trabajo y hago vida social en dos idiomas. Crio a ninos en dos idiomas, rezo en dos idiomas y cocino en dos idiomas. Cuando hago un rosbif, coci- no en ingles y cuando hago empanadas, pastel de choclo o porotos granados, coci- no en castellano. Amo y respiro en dos idio- mas. Por lo menos, en dos.
A veces los personajes que pueblan mi imaginacion existen en dos-o mas-idio- mas. Chilenos que llegan a Estados Unidos y aprenden ingles. Judios que hablan ale- man o yidish al desembarcarse en puertos de Hispanoamerica y aprenden a expresar- se en castellano. Indios que bajan de las montanas hablando quechua o aymara y se ven obligados a aprender a dominar el cas- tellano para conseguir empleo. Esto no nos debe sorprender. Seguin el lingiiista David
Crystal, editor del Cambridge Encyclopedia, la gran mayoria de las personas en el mun- do son bilingiies. Aveces, en mis cuentos y novelas, se trata de personajes que saben s6lo una lengua, pero inevitablemente se encuentran con otros que son monolinguies en otra lengua, y tienen que buscar una ma- nera de hacerse entender. Este es el mun- do que yo conozco: un mundo de gran va- riedad linguiistica, tan multicolor, multilingiue y multiperspectivo como un dia- mante de muchas caras en que se reflejan infinitas imagenes. Es un mundo fluido: a veces hay que aprender otro idioma para sobrevivir y salir adelante; el que no lo hace se aisla y queda atras. Yo hablo cinco idio- mas. Mi esposo habla cuatro. Mis persona- jes hablan un sinnumero de idiomas, mu- chos mas que yo.
Al escribir una narracion, oigo las voces de los personajes en mi cabeza. A veces hablan castellano, casi siempre un castella- no chileno sin las "eses." Dicen "libroh" en vez de "libros" y…...

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