How to think in a foreign language

If you are a person who loves learning foreign languages, you’ve surely heard that thinking in the target language improves your chances of becoming fluent in it. This probably falls right in line with the things you learn, such as speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The only difference with thinking in a foreign language is that you control the thinking on your own. ‘Despite what many people think, thinking in a language is actually a skill. This is an intimate process that helps you translate the thoughts from a language you know…

Bilinguals see the world in a different way

Learning a foreign language literally changes the way we see the world, according to new research. Panos Athanasopoulos, of Newcastle University, has found that bilingual speakers think differently to those who only use one language. And you don’t need to be fluent in the language to feel the effects — his research showed that it is language use, not proficiency, which makes the difference. Working with both Japanese and English speakers, he looked at their language use and proficiency, along with the length of time they had been in the…