So without further ado, here is an open letter to my bilingual friends:
Don’t apologise for your accent. Your accent is not a sign of weakness, though you oftentimes think that it is. Your accent is a sign that you’ve dedicated years to learning a language so you will be able to communicate with those outside the small parameters of the world you grew up in; it’s a sign of courage.
Don’t ever for a second think that I think you’re inferior to me or less intelligent than me because of your English speaking abilities. I know that you’re incredibly smart (you’re smart enough to learn a second language, obviously!), so you never need to try to explain yourself to me.
Words cannot express how much I love you and your presence in my life. Thanks to you, I feel as though I have learned more about the world in two weeks than I have in my entire life.
I only ask one thing of you: that you are never ashamed of your English proficiency – I promise you that it’s great.