To What Degree Might Different Languages Shape In Their Speakers Different Concepts Of Themselves And The World

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To What Degree Might Different Languages Shape In Their Speakers Different Concepts Of Themselves And The World? What Are The Implications Of Such Differences For Knowledge?

     The difference in languages can cause different perceptions of various cultures leading to distinctions or possible clashes. When I lived in France I faced some of the problems a language barrier can cause. The most common and at the same time most irritating problem of language is the inability to translate word for word as some words just don’t have a direct translation into another language. These are normally colloquialisms for example “up the apples and pears” does not translate into “monter les pommes et les poires.” This would
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The English humour is mainly based on self humiliation or mocking others. To most people this is hilarious and is the focus point of a fun night. On the other hand, the way people perceive this can be different as the speaker will not intentionally offend anyone but if he/she is not aware that someone of another culture is present the speaker may cause an offence. Human beings are very judgemental so they often have a concept of a culture and once they have experienced it they can either seek to understand it or remain resolute in their original beliefs. Humour can be a maker or breaker for foreigners.

In class we have spoken about the Eskimo language having many ways to describe the snow as it is part of their every day life. Therefore the general description of “it’s snowing.” Would probably be perceived as being uninformed and the lack of depth of the description may be seen as extremely shallow. The snow may play a significant part of the Eskimo’s life and may cause him/her to be offended by the lack of consideration of others incorporated in the English language establishing his/her perception of the language and country. This is the problem with language reflecting a culture. We have briefly studied an extract on the Japanese culture. They have a very strict way of speaking, formal and informal

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