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Somila
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Does language shape the way we think?
I am interested to know what your thoughts are on this, please share.
May 29, 2020 6:54 PM
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Yes, one's personality changes with the language. For me English, Hindi / Urdu and Bengali are at the same level, but the change still happens. I'm much more professional and polished in English than in others, where I am sometimes your average next door guy who isn't above a bit of swearing.

Your MT (Xhosa) interests me, even though my only exposure is Miriam Makeba. I never could figure out how those distinctive click sounds are made with such apparent ease.
May 29, 2020
I don't think the language we learn "shapes" the way we think. In fact, learning a new language drives you to learn about other cultures, and that's how the way we think is shaped. You become more of a multi-cultural person, and it becomes easier for you to justify/understand others' behaviors compared to a one-language person.
May 29, 2020
@Som its hard to explain Xhosa lol but i know it is very difficult for everyone else and so easy for me!
May 29, 2020
I think that my thinking changes depending on the language I am currently using. Bulgarian is my mother tongue and, when I speak Bulgarian, it is 100% me. I have studied English for work and I call my English "my fighting language". Maybe it is not perfect but I use it to influence those around me and actually to change the world. So, I am more direct when I speak English and the barriers of my mother tongue partially disappear.

My Russian and French are both school languages with broader vocabulary but more distant to me. I hope that, one day, they will be as much connected to the reality as my English is.

I definitely believe that languages shape the way we think - not our thoughts but the way we express them.
May 29, 2020
I think language help to explain our think to other but doesn't shape it.
May 29, 2020
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Somila
Language Skills
English, Spanish, Xhosa
Learning Language
Spanish, Xhosa