The language you speak influences the way you think


In every community, there is a code, called jargon/slang, which allows (us) to feel a sense of belonging. The jargon/slang influences the process of categorization and creating concepts, thus the way we think!


Since there are between 6,000 and 7,000 spoken languages, how many ways of thinking could exist?

For example…

The community of Kuuk Thaayorre, an Australian tribe, sees the space in terms of “North”, “South”, “East” and “West”.

For example…

British people usually define space from the speaker’s point of view, by referring to right, left, forward, and behind.

According to this point of view, learning a new language allows you to learn new ways of thinking. 

The American journalist Flora Lewis states: “learning a new language is not just learning different words for the same things, but learning another way of thinking about things”.

Martina Fontana


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