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Let’s take a short dive into how language influences our perception.
What is perception?
Perception often refers to our 5 senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. But there is also the cognitive perception, which determines how we deal with information. This process shapes our perspective – it is how we view the world and how we argue on different topics. This is very unique to each and every one of us, although some characteristics might overlap due to generational descriptors.
The hidden value of language
Language is used not only to communicate with each other, but also it’s the most common way of transmitting knowledge, attitudes, social norms, basically it’s our heritage.
The tricky part is that language shapes our perception. Why? Because the symbolical value that we offer through naming our environment is determined by our vocabulary’s flexibility.
There are several studies that confirm polyglots even shift attitudes when changing languages they speak in. As for myself, I currently speak Hungarian, Romanian and English, all of them on a daily basis. I can also confirm that Hungarian is my most intimate language, Romanian is the social one for me and I always use English for strategic planning. English has the vocabulary which gives me certain flexibility in my thinking process – a thing that serves me greatly in being creative and sharp at the same time.
What am I supposed to do now? Change my language?
Of course not! What you can do to experience how language shapes your perception is to pick a word in your niche or in a subject that you are interested in and search for its definitions across multiple languages. Keep in mind that the basis of the definition will be the same, but the semiotics of it – the symbols that we assign to the word – will differ.
Also, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to know and speak 3-4 languages. It will give you access to new perspectives and worlds which can not be compared to any translations. Try it out!
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