Boost Brain Power By Learning A Language
You may have considered how good it would feel to be able
to speak to people in another language, but did you know it also
expands the range of your possible thoughts? There are many concepts
in each language that don't exist in others, and there are also
different expressions. These give you new ways to think, and
they change your perspective on things.
Changing Perspective Through Language
It's no coincidence that most Americans see money as something
created, and not a static quantity to be divided up. English,
after all, is one of the few languages that has the expression
"making money." Many languages use the verb "to
gain," or "to take," or "to get." These
affect the ways in which people think about money. "Making
money" may provide a very healthy perspective.
Did you know that in Spanish you're not thirsty or cold or
afraid. You have thirst (yo tengo sed), or coldness (yo tengo
frio), or fear (yo tengo miedo)." Does the difference matter?
The best therapists now will tell you to stop saying or thinking
things like "I am afraid?" It creates too much identification
with the feeling, so it's healthier to say "I feel fear."
You're not "afraid" - you're a human; fear, like all
feelings, is just a temporary visitor.
You can see how other languages give you new perspectives.
You may feel differently about decision making if you had to
"take a decision" ("tomar un decision" in
Spanish)" instead of "make a decision." The German
word "angst," (roughly; a feeling of existential anxiety)
might immediately pinpoint how you feel, when you can't quite
express it in English.
Better Understanding With Languages
You gain words when you learn a language, but also the ability
to understand things better. Who speaks more precisely about
snow; someone with three or four words for it (snow, sleet, powder),
or an Eskimo with 23 words for snow? Which is more efficient,
the German word "zeitgeist" (roughly; the taste and
outlook of a period or generation), or the paragraph of English
necessary to say the same thing?
Other Advantages Of Learning A Language
Most people experience a general improvement in memory from
studying a language, and there are more advantages. Getting older?
It's been demonstrated that you can halt the age-related decline
in mental function by learning a new language.