Analysis: To Have Another Language Is To Have A Second Soul

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Charlemagne once said, “To have another language is to have a second soul” (BrainyQuote). As a native Spanish speaker, I find this statement to be true since I think about objects different than an English native speaker would. For example, when thinking about objects Spanish speakers tend to associate objects with genders while English speakers do not. The topic of language and how people think has been studied by a few Linguists, Psychologists, and Neuroscientists. Research and studies have shown that our native language modifies the way people retrieve memories, think about time , and think about space. We all have memories, and each one differs from the next person with slight details that are altered. At times the way we remember certain …show more content…
The Conversation is a website that had one really interesting article “How the Language you speak Changes your view of the world.” Within the Article, there was a subheading that said: “ Germans know where they’re going.” This part of the article talked about how Germans focus more on the outcomes of the actions while English speakers focus more on the action itself. The English language grammatically obliges speakers to mark the tense of an action. For example, looking at a picture of a woman walking in a parking lot an English speaker would say “ The woman is walking” and a German speaker would say “ The woman walks towards her car.” Although they look at the same picture the language they speak affects how they view the picture and talk about it. An article on BGR also states that German speakers tend to construct goal-oriented sentences from ambiguous pictures that focus on the beginning, middle, and end of an event compared to English speakers who focus on the action itself (BGR). It was interesting to see how the language one speaks can affect the way they view an event. New York Times also published an Article “ Does Your Language Shape the Way You Think?” Compared to English, the Chinese language does not have verb tenses. Chinese speakers are not obliged to specify the exact time of an event and therefore are not forced to think about time when describing an event. Chinese speakers, mainly Mandarin, tend to use a more active voice than English speakers. For example, a Mandarin speaker would say: “ It rain tomorrow” compared to an English speaker who would say “ It will rain tomorrow.” This was in a Ted Talk I heard about how Language can affect an individual 's ability to save money. I thought it was interesting how the way people talk about time can also affect how they think and act about time. Chinese speakers are less likely to think about the future and therefore save

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