Have amazing insights and innovations delivered straight to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter! Well, I bet I know how you'd solve that problem if you solved it. There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures.
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Additional Resources for you to Explore. When we test people's ability to perceptually discriminate these colors, what we find is that Russian speakers are faster across this linguistic boundary. Now, if everything has gone relatively well in your life so far, you probably haven't had that thought before.
What are the possible implications of having 7000 different ways of understanding the world around us? When we sat them facing north, they organized time from right to left. They're faster to be able to tell the difference between a light and dark blue.
Read More. Enter your name. The tragic thing is that we're losing so much of this linguistic diversity all the time.
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I can put a bizarre new idea in your mind right now. So, for example, the sun is feminine in German but masculine in Spanish, and the moon, the reverse.
So we show the same accident to English speakers and Spanish speakers, English speakers will remember who did it, because English requires you to say, "He did it; he broke the vase. Some languages have lots of words for colors, some have only a couple words, "light" and "dark.
But do they shape the way we think? For the price of a cup of tea, you can change the dialogue about our world. Former biochemist turned monk Matthieu Ricard give us a leap forward on that! By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber. Neuroscience on EWC. Only students who are 13 years of age or older can create a TED-Ed account.
So what we know about the human mind is actually incredibly narrow and biased, and our science has to do better. I've told you about how speakers of different languages think differently, but of course, that's not about how people elsewhere think.
Some languages have different sounds, they have different vocabularies, and they also have different structures — very importantly, different structures. How about you? It absolutely can!