Unveiling the Language -Thought Connection: How One Word Shapes Your Perception

Language affects how we interpret the world around us – and here I dive into how the words we use can shape our thoughts.

Have you ever pondered how language molds our thoughts? Our brains are influenced by the vocabulary available to express our ideas.

This concept becomes more intriguing when we consider the absence of specific words for distinct thoughts in a language. What if not having separate words means not fully grasping different concepts? In my case, the conflation of ‘listening’ and ‘hearing’ into one word has been both enlightening and challenging.

How do you differentiate between listening and hearing?

Let’s explore that topic in this video:


In one of my two languages, there is only one word for “𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴” and “𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴”

This gets me into trouble ALL the time 😠

Have you heard of the theory that links language to thought?

Basically, What we think 🧠 is affected by the 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀 that we have to express that thought 🔠 💬 💬

Here is where it gets interesting If your language doesn’t have a word To express a particular thought 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘪𝘵 🙊

So if the language that I’m speaking doesn’t have two DIFFERENT words for the two concepts of listening 👂 and hearing 🙉

I might never really know the difference I realized this when I talked to people at my first job

I would HEAR as in, just receive audio data without LISTENING them as in, synthesizing the data with existing knowledge to produce meaningful results

This led to me being very clueless Despite being given many clues during conversations

How would you describe the difference between listening and hearing?

Tell me in the comments. I promise to hear you out. 👇 😀

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