when speaking a less familiar language, the brain takes longer to process the intake and output therefore giving room for rational thoughts to creep in. In other words, less emotional outburst or response.
There may be some truth in the fact that language has a deep affect on your normal way of thinking.Anyways, I've heard people say that if you speak English then you're bad at maths? Like I don't know if that's just because they cant speak it or something but? Or is it just a jealous urban myth?
Yeah. I definitely think the people who've said that to me are jealous (because they usually speak broken English or don't feel comfortable speaking it). I also hear stuff like "X language is so versatile, you can say XYZ in so many different ways but in English its just _____" and I was like ... plus the girls who were saying this were saying this ALL IN ENGLISH and I was like ??? (its not the official language here) what are you doing???There may be some truth in the fact that language has a deep affect on your normal way of thinking.
I don't think it'll make English speakers worse though.
Language is more of a cultural thing, I think.
What I mean is, the words we use to think will define the ideas we come up with. So ideas from natively English people will be different from the ideas of Chinese people.
Actually I'm gonna get into ranting mode here. The Chinese are believed to be great at maths and academic subjects. I call bullshit on that, they're just made to memorise things at school. Barely any innovation comes from China. The greatest names in science all spoke European languages, with grammar and vocabulary all coming from very similar roots. I rest my case.
EDIT: Not that the Chinese are necessarily bad at maths and science. They're just the same as everyone else.
And yes I'll admit this is because I was once doing some fairly complex physics degree homework and, because I had a basic sine wave drawn onto a page, a young and dumb Chinese friend of mine sniggered, talked a bit of Chinese to his girlfriend, then said, "We learned that in high school." So the little cunt had assumed I was doing 'easy' Chinese high school work on my physics undergraduate degree just because he saw a sine wave on a page, and he clearly only thought so because of the aforementioned stereotype I just outlined.