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Imaging identity: my future L2 self

In The multilingual self, Natasha Lvovich (1997: 8-9) writes, ‘I could never travel to the country of my dreams to work, study, develop professionally, or see people who were dear to me.’ Instead, she describes creating an imaginary French identity for herself, learning to speak with a Parisian accent, reading books in French, learning French songs, mastering numerous written genres, cooking French recipes and dipping ‘the imagined croissant into coff ee . . . A French personality, after all, was much less confusing and safer than being a Jew in Soviet Russia. It was a beautiful Me, the Me that I liked.’