Multilingualism: How To Understand Others Language is one of mankind’s most powerful inventions. From the scribbles in caves, thousand-page stories of a French Revolution, to men and women standing in front of thousands eager to listen; the written, spoken, and orations of language is a vital component of the human experience. Interestingly, the greater an individual’s mastery of language the greater his or her ability to understand the world itself, and more importantly those that live on it. The following is going to be an in-depth analysis of the impact multilingualism has on an individual’s perception, exposure, and appreciation of foreign cultures. First, multilingualism has several benefits to people without taking culture …show more content…
In other words, learning a language sometimes means learning a culture. (Elmes 4-7) Aside from learning a culture in the form of its cuisine, traditions, beliefs, etc. When learning a language people learn how language interacts with how people think. The concept Linguistic determinism, first introduced in the early 20th century under linguistic research conducted by Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf. (Linguistic Society of America) The idea that proposed stated that language influences how a person thinks; it mainly cites differences between languages means some people can’t understand certain concepts. However, researchers and professional debunked the extremism of the original concept, instead, it now explains the slight nuances that lost in translation and how they relate to culture and thought. (Elmes 13-15) Through language acquisition, people learn these aspects of a culture linked to language. For example, one study by Sapir and Whorf involved the language Guugu Yimithirr (spoken in North Queensland, Australia). This language does not use prepositions or prepositional phrases that explain the placement of people or objects, instead defines a position in relation to the cardinal directions. (Deutscher 2010) So, in this example, people who speak this language have a to constantly be aware of north, south, east, and west, in fact, children in this area
To learn a second languages is very important because people have better opportunities in life. For children from ages five and under it is the best time to learn as many languages. Angele Sancho Passe, the author of “Dual-Language Learners (Birth to Grade 3)”, talks about techniques for teaching English in a multilingual classroom and how reading in english to dual-language learners helps teach them oral language skills. Patton O. Tabors, the author of “One Child, Two Languages”, talks about writing case studies of children displaying different second language abilities. In the article, “Ways to Introduce Your Kids to Foreign Languages” by Grace Hwang Lynch, believes two-way bilingual immersion is a helpful way to introduce foreign languages
Take a look at dialects anywhere int he world. It clearly shows different customs, not just in language or communication. There a lots of dialects in South-America, for instance. Spanish in Latinamerica differs a lot from nations to nations, or we can also say, from culture to culture. There are dialects also in our country, Hungary. And people on the north of the country speak in a different way, like pronounce sounds so much different. Use words and expressions that we do not use at all. They also have differently built, constructed and decorated houses, songs, tales and wear different clothes as their costume.
How does our native language affect we think about the world and our place in it? How is speaking more than one language difficult? Tom Munnecke’s purpose was talking about how learning many languages frustrated him, and how each language frustrated him. Each of these languages he saw as “shells,” and he goes on to talk about each language and its limitations and/or opportunities. The audience for Nothing is Missing are people who are interested in learning one, or more than one, different language. This article could also apply to people who are already bilingual, or already know multiple languages. Munecke would like people who are interested in learning more than one language to know how the first language we speak affects the way we
“One of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time”, Federico Fellini once stated that “A different language is a different vision of life” and I, in my turn tend to say that he was perfectly right. A person who speaks more than one language can experience multiple personalities, visions and reflections consisting which language is he speaking. High School students should comprehend the real benefit of speaking a foreign language. Being a multilingual myself and speaking fluently four languages and studying another two, I consider that I am qualified enough to persuade that my argument is strong, plausible and not ultimately-right. In the following paragraphs I am going to address the following three reasons why should other High School students learn at least one foreign language? Firstly, learning a new language enhances performances in the academic domain and makes you smarter. Secondly, knowing a new language is a high estimated and a very valuable characteristic in your professional CV. Thirdly, international travel is more pleasant through knowing a foreign language.
Being able to talk a foreign language is more than those who see it as mere practice but a “gateway” to understanding other cultures. Russell Berman’s article makes a claim that learning a foreign language enables us to better understand society by noticing “cultural difference” America has today. By doing so, it can come with many benefits such as learning the culture of other countries and “
Language influences thought. The rule of linguistic relativity holds that the structure of a language influences the routes in which its speakers can conceptualize their reality, i.e. their view of reality. Famously known as the Sapir–Whorf theory, or Whorfianism, the standard is by and large comprehended as having two unique variants: (i) the solid form that language decides thought and that linguistic categories constrain and decide psychological classifications and (ii) the feeble rendition that phonetic classes and utilization impact thought and certain sorts of non-semantic conduct.
For instance, in weak determinism language does not define or does not impact one’s view of the world, whereas, in strong determinism this view is defined strongly by language. Linguistic determinism is the idea that language and its structures limit and determine human knowledge or thought, as well as thought processes such as categorization, memory, and perception. The possibility of linguistic determinism has been explored by a variety of authors, mostly in science fiction. There exist some languages, like Ithkuil and Toki Pona for instance, which have been constructed for the purpose of testing the assumption. However, no formal tests appear to have been
Languages and the way one speaks, can have many differences around the world, however, just different alphabets or linguistic rules are not the only things that make a person unique. Speaking a certain language contrast to others also may affect the way one thinks or operates. In a article published by the Wall Street Journal, Lera Boroditsky, a professor of psychology at Stanford, proves that language distinctions can have an effective on one’s cognitive skills and decision-making. “Lost in Translation” by Lera Boroditsky is an article convincing fellow psychologists or language scholars that knowing divergent languages can cause one to think in different ways. Boroditsky uses allusion, appeal to expert opinion, statistics, and anticipating objection to argue to her audience that there is a direct connection between language and one’s thought process which can cause one to act or think in a particular way.
Many parents and teachers, now more than ever, are teaching children the importance of understanding and speaking more than one language. However, many children who speak more than one language have slight developmental delays in their syntax for both languages. However, the benefits of being bilingual far outweighs these very minor delays. There are many benefits to being bilingual. Recent studies done have even discovered that being bilingual may help protect our brains from developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Those of us who learned a second language during childhood have a better understanding for how language is structured and used, this understanding is called metalinguistic insight.
In the world today, there are more and more multicultural people who can speak different languages; and they need to choose different tongues to correspond to the immediate community they belong. Language makes people remember their own cultures and contribute to their own identity. In “Mother Tongue,” a short story written by Amy Tan; she strongly narrates the stories about her different experiences and life comprehensions based on varying types of English she speaks throughout life. Wandering on two different languages; Amy discovers the importance and power of language: “the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth” (Tan 38). As human beings, language is the tool that contains the mighty powers; it forcefully affects people’s lives, personality, and lifestyles. Moreover, language is the “bridge” of communication between people. However, for Amy, the views on mother’s language are changing from the sense of shame into pride; as she is feeling the effects that two different types of English are giving to her as well as their respective symbols in her mind.
Linguistic determinism states "that all human thoughts and actions are bound by the restraints of language"( Ask a Linguist FAQ, 2015). In other words Sapir and Whorf argue that language determines how we think, and how we view our world. This version received more criticism than the much 'lighter" version of the same theory known as "linguistic relativism". This version explains that our language affects our thought to some degree. Lara Boroditsky , a proponent of the linguistic determinism version, as supporting argument speaks of a tribe in Australia, using sophisticated special orientation. Instead of using signals such as right or left they the North, South, East and West orientation. Such orientation in our culture today, would be extremely difficult and I suspect many people would get lost. This form of orientation was widely used our predecessors. Stone Age men directed their hunting efforts using special orientation. Caravans in Sahara oriented themselves according to the location of the sun and other stars. Indians used the bark on the tree to decide where North and South was. Sailors at night in the open sea knew how to find their way using North, South, West and East orientation. Modern man abandoned such ways of orienting
" Different languages are linked with different ways of thinking as well as different ways of feeling; they are linked with different attitudes, different ways of relating to people, different ways of expressing one’s feelings and so on ."
The advantages of bilingualism are various and can bring succes in everyone’s daily life. In the sphere of communication for example a bilingual is able to communicate with people from another countries, to learn foreign cultures, history and litearatures. François Grosjean says in his article that ” Bilingualism also seem to encourage divergent thinking” and ”bilingualism may
Research by Lera Boroditsky (2001) posed many interesting questions regarding linguistic diversity and the resultant interplay between language and thought: whether linguistic diversity stimulates different ways of thinking, whether learning new languages changes the way one thinks, whether bilingual and multilingual people think differently when speaking different languages. Clark (2003) maintains that although language does not indicate a complete map of consciousness or thought, it is at least a “representational map” that varies across languages.
India is a country where over 1650 ‘mother tongues’ belonging to five different language families viz. Indo-Aryan, Dravidian, Austro-Asiatic, Tibeto-Burman and, Andamanese are spoken. India is such a landscape where we can find multilingual environment everywhere.