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Quote by Panos Athanasopoulos

Quote: By learning a new language, you suddenly…

by | 1 Feb 2019 | Quotes


This quote stems from a research carried out about the perception of time depending on the language you speak, where Panos Athanasopoulos, Professor in linguistics and English, gave the following explanation:


“By learning a new language, you suddenly become more attuned to perceptual dimensions that you were not aware of before.”



The study showed that language shapes the way we perceive time. But other studies show that language shapes our view of the world, not only time. 

If you speak two or more languages, have you ever realized how your perception of an event can differ depending on the language context you experience the event?

That’s the magic of learning a language: it opens up a whole new world to you.

Maybe that’s why you can sometimes feel that you are a different person when speaking another language.


If you have examples of how speaking one or another language affects you and your worldview, share your experience in the comments below!


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