MANY people report feeling like different people when they speak a foreign language. I’ve been sceptical of these claims, since many of them seem to line up too neatly with national stereotypes: “I feel warmer and more relaxed in Spanish,” “German makes me reason more carefully” and the like. But a new study seems to show that people really do think differently in a foreign language—any foreign language. Namely, people are less likely to fall into common cognitive traps when tested in a language other than their mother tongue.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. “Do you think differently when using different languages? And if so, how?” (question from “The Economist”)
2. Are there topics that are easier for you to talk about when you talk in English than in Japanese? What topics are these? Why is it so?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.