Tag Archives: words

Howling

Being near the horizon

Howling into darkness

Nobody can hear you

Nobody knows

what you mean

We’ve met our limit

There is no way forward

No more to see

No way past the Horizon

It’s over.

 

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Language affects the way you think

Language is thought to affect the way you think. I question whether there are enough words to express how I am truly feeling or thinking and if speaking English enforces certain ways of thinking on yourself and others.

There was an experiment in which (to roughly describe) people who could speak both Japanese and English were interviewed twice came up with different answers for the same question. {If you are interested you may like to google it.} This suggests that there is a certain views attached to the language already.

This experiment I think is less likely to work on other languages (although it may still work between an a more western country vs more eastern country) since Japan has quite a unique culture, being an island nation and it being very isolated this perhaps this makes the language quite different from many. Also Japanese as a language is more limited in terms of certain kinds words such as it not having a proper word for no for use in everyday situations just a more ambiguous word for no. The more important/common words in the language may effect how the person thinks and says, almost like the culture is inbuilt into the language.

I guess this language limitation is something that occasionally bothers me, I often try to think sentences out a lot or make up words and at extreme times mess up my grammar on purpose for no reason (or probably just for fun or because I’m bored or something like that.)

Slang is a way to add some more interest to your sentences. Because those words are quite interesting or expressive you could say ha ha although they sound better mostly when younger people use it. Also you can borrow words from other languages or use other languages within your language too to improve it. English as a language has it pros and cons but I guess as a language that I’m used to it is okay and quite cool even though there a many unnecessary grammar rules.

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Visual communication

These days it is pretty popular to message use emoji. It’s kinda strange to think that people use a lot emoji rather than possible words but you can see why when you realise you can express things that are hard to express in words or add an “emotion” to something.

But when you think about it, words seem to limit you in the ways of thinking and expressing, you may have to substitute with another word to fit a unique seeming situation that doesn’t have a word (or maybe just borrow from another language I guess like what Japanese do a lot). There is research that suggests that through different language compared to each other, each one might limit or influence the thinking of those who use the language.

Art can express many different things that you may require many words to express or find hard to write in words and it can be amazing what you can see compared to what can be written, plus anyone (who is human usually) can understand it. Kind of “actions are more powerful than words”. Slient comics can also show that interesting things can be expressed without words.

The problem (which is easy to spot) is the openess to interpretation and the lack of directness of pictures such as emoji. Different people can attribute different meanings to them or misinterpret them. Also you can’t really write an essay or write about anything serious as you aren’t being precise. But visual communication can be useful and sometimes, even better. Well at least I enjoy it and in fact I think it is pretty cool.. as long as you use words too. 

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