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Topic: does language shape the way we think ?
Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2009 12:25:29 AM
Language certainly affects the way we think and feel. For instance, I feel more confident when using English to talk to my professor than when using Vietnamese since Vietnamese requires speakers to use various pronouns to show social respects whereas in English, it's basically just you and I. So it seems English is more democratic and Vietnamese is more hierarchical. Also, it is easier to express abstract concepts and links in the former and to describe personal feelings in the later, which reflects the fact that Vietnamese is more subjective than English.