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  • Writer's pictureSophia Kouidou-Giles

Ten Insights Gained from Writing a Bilingual Memoir

I’ve lived my life writing in two languages. Born and reared in Greece, I left my home country at the age of 18 and have since been a longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest of the USA. After retirement, I found myself attracted to literature rich in cultural descriptions, fueled by authors who spoke other languages and wrote stories with exotic settings. When I wrote the initial draft of my own memoir, I chose English, but about halfway through, Greek words crept into my attempt to transfer meaning.

In the course of completing my memoir, ultimately in two languages, ten discoveries came to light. (First published on

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