How Language Shapes Our Personality

1538 WordsOct 18, 20127 Pages
Language Shapes Our Personality Can language shape our personality? Tongues we use are indispensible factors of us. If you think about it, human beings use the tool in form of language in every possible aspect of life. In school, at home, while watching TV, playing sports, reading books, at the store, even on the walk. It is also a part of one’s heritage, cultural belonging and ethnic identity. Language surrounds us from every possible direction. It would be “silly” to say it has no influence on our personality. People are complicated beings. We are much more composed than any other creature stomping on this planet, and not in biological, chemical and physiognomic way. More than this, we are complicated in terms of consciousness,…show more content…
The woman was taken for granted by a doctor as someone who is not worth spending his time on. The assumption and the image of her personality he made upon language she spoke. The passage is a perfect example of how people take for granted others value following only their language quality. This is how other people make up their own version of someone’s nature, which is often far from truth. Just like personality, language is a part of every human being on the earth. Eva Hoffman in “Lost in translation” describes her alteration from Polish to English speaker. The beginnings were harsh and painful. The world did not look like it used to be on her native land where every word has its analogy in the surrounding. Unlike now, when world was nameless. Gradually, after a long period of reading, hearing, and writing thousands of English words they stopped being just meaningless association of letters. They began to be a part of her, just like Polish words, they began to exist in “her bloodstream”. The image of mutation and cells starting to speak to her illustrates how it has became an inseparable piece of her body and mind. World was no longer nameless and dull. Everything’s name gives it an identity. Now not only Polish words have their own color,
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