Do Language Help Mould the Way We Think
Do language help mould the way we think? If we all spoke the same language, would we think in the same way? Discuss the issue using examples, details, and your personal experiences of English and your native language. Language is the tool for all of people around the world to communicate with each other; it is a product of human’s creativity which we can consider as the first evolution for the human kind. However, in different place, people use different languages which are differed in many ways: structure, pronunciation, meaning, and way of writing.
Base on the Sapir-Whorf theory, language help mould the way we think; specially, the language habits of community. According to my way of thought, the way we think are affected by lots of different things; like education, family’s condition, environment, friends, traditions, … . So, it do that language help to mould the way we think but we would hardly think in the same way even we spoke the same language. By evidence, in Vietnam, we all speak Vietnamese but there are still many different ideas which came out by different people when they are asked about the same topic.
To be specific, they have been ask about the globalization, one said that it is all good for Vietnam on the way of development and it would be a big step for Vietnam to reach the high and stable economic which developed countries reached after globalization; others complained that it would make Vietnam losing many tradition and that the young people who are the future of our country would be affected and turned to support the tradition of foreign country; and others said that it would be fine to globalization with a good preparing and controlling by laws and media.
Another evidence to prove that issue is that many young people in Vietnam studying English, some of them are really good and are to the levels that they can speak English fluently as American, but they still think in different way with the American. We can see it quite clear when we observe the cooperation between Vietnamese and American for example, they usually struggling with different thought about the way of working, the method that Vietnamese use to achieve the purpose usually softly and indirectly, on the other hand, American partners prefer strong and direct way of working.
According to Chomsky (1983), language is considered as one aspect of cognition and its development as one aspect of the development of cognition; which means that language is important for people to mould the way of thinking but it’s just one of many aspects that we have to stable the way we think.
Besides, a research of Somayyeh Sabah, a doctor from Islamic Azad University, said: “The relationship between language and thought is not generally posed in the hope that someone will come up with a definite answer”, it shows that even there are times that two or more people who use the same language have same answer or idea, they still indefinitely think in the same way.
For all of evidence that we have consider above, we can conclude that human are separated and each have their own way of thought, and that make the world’s diversity as well as help the world develop. In that process, language help us a lot to build the idea but it is not the only one; so, even we all spoke a same language, there still no chance that we have the same way of thought.