I've been doing that my whole life, to the extent that when I was younger I wouldn't talk at all for the first few months of school sometimes. Teachers would often be concerned and tell my mother something was wrong with me. She would just calmly tell them not to worry, that I would start speaking when I had something to say. She was right, eventually I would figure out all the dynamics around me and then start talking.
Here was the deal: I grew up speaking 3 languages at home, Portuguese, German and English. From the moment that I started to learn how to talk I already had 3 languages swimming around in my head. My parents each spoke their native language, respectively, with us and we were living and going to school in Germany. So, from a very young age I was forced to really pay attention and develop good listening and observations skills. My mother tells me that developmentally I started speaking a lot later than most other kids, which makes sense considering the amount of information I was absorbing. When I did start talking I would mix all the languages together in one sentence (unless I knew the person I was talking to wouldn't understand, then I would switch to talking just in their language). To me, this became the most natural way of talking and expressing myself. Later when I moved to the U.S. I started speaking mostly just English at home and at school, which felt odd to me, but was okay because I was old enough to retain both Portuguese and German fluently forever.
Knowing multiple languages has enriched my life and given me a perspective on the world that I know some people may never experience. My dreams are in multiple languages and when talking to others I can easily code switch/translate between all three if I need to. I still use the same slow observational manner of entering into a new conversation or a new situation. I'm not shy, I am just listening until I feel inspired to speak. At times it's difficult to think and talk in only one language and there are often moments when I draw a complete blank on words and phrases in English. Though it is rare to find people who know the same 3 languages as me, I have a few childhood friends I can jumble my languages with and it makes me feel really free and whole to talk like that.
Language is so powerful and beautiful. It creates access to whole different cultures and ways of being. If you only speak one language I encourage you to learn a second one. It is not too late to learn, no matter how old you are. Do it! It will change your experience of life. :)
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