(Nederlands) code-switchen

As a cross-cultural, you feel exactly which kind of behavior you should display at a certain event. The phenomenon also has a name: ‘code switching’.  As a cross-cultural you learn this automatically from childhood. You unknowingly learn how to seamlessly switch between different environments to get social approval. You also adjust your language unknowingly. According to linguists, street language is actually the language in which cross-cultural millennials can switch between all the different worlds to which they belong.

If you pay attention, you will see code switching everywhere, on the street and in the media. Who does not remember Obama who greeted the national basketball team? He gave the African-American players a fraternal handshake, while the white coaches were given a formal hand.

It is more than simply adjusting and for some cross-cultures it is unfortunately also necessary to experience a sense of belonging.