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The New York Times 


Tell me your language and I’ll tell you how smart you are

The language you speak affects how you think because the language entirely determines the range of possible cognitive processes of an individual.

When we learn our mother tongue we acquire certain habits of thought that shape our experience in significant and often surprising ways.

If you speak only German you might be a little pragmatic; if you speak only French you might be just a touch more emotional.

But you will be surprised to know that if you speak more than two languages fluently you are smarter than people who don’t.

The brain is simply wired differently depending on whether you think thoughts in one or multiple languages.

Our mother tongue constrains our minds and prevents us from being able to think certain thoughts.

Depending on the native language people tend to discriminates against poor, black or gay people.

Italian speakers for example discriminate black people and German speakers discriminate gays.

People who think in different languages make better decisions.

Thoughts are notions, ideas, not mere words so when you process them into a second language, it forces you to rely on analytical cognition rather than emotional deliberation.

That’s because every language has a unique set of intonations, called the prosody.

The prosody is so ingrained in you that it can actually make other languages more difficult to understand.




Take sarcasm, for example, you probably know how to detect it in the languages you speak but not in others because sarcasm sounds completely different in each language.

The languages you speak play also an important role in shaping how you see the world.

Languages with an inflectional morphological type such as German are the most perfect languages and that explained the dominance of their speakers over the speakers of less perfect languages like Hebrew.

The idea that some languages are naturally superior to others and that the use of primitive languages maintained their speakers in intellectual poverty was wide proven by science.

Did you fail the test in German? Don’t worry, you are racist anyway.





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