Scientists and scholars always strives for the truth and new findings that relate with human personality, thinking and believes. One of these things that have been arisen is the effect of learning a new language.
Is it make you smarter, more educated and cultured? But the finding was that every time you learn a new language it changes your sense of time.
This notion can be understood more if you saw a movie called “Arrival” starring Amy Adams who plays a role of linguist that tries to figure out the language of aliens who visited the planet earth.
Each time she communicates with them she understands more and are able to see future, but bilinguals in real life actually cannot see the future but they can sense it.
Bilinguals and time
That is what a new research demonstrated; it stating that bilingual actually bear time in their mind differently according to the text that they are dealing with.
For some people, switching between languages inside the bilingual head can be a riddle. They often call it “code- switching” because they are able to change their language so quick without sensing it.
What really makes time so vague is that we cannot hold it with our hands or see it with our eyes in front of us like other subjects but we feel it and tries to fulfil it because as they say “time is gold”.
Our sense of time differs from language to another; for example: in English language they see time as if it is in front of them and the past behind them.
While in Aymara a language spoken by people in Peru the opposite, they see the past in front of them but the future in behind because people cannot see what is behind their backs.
Another example: in movie industry, posters of films are arranged according language that is what bilingual did when they were supposed to put brad Pitt and Jet Li Picture.
According to Chinese bilingual they put Jet Li picture from top to bottom like the Chinese language writing while the Brad Pitt picture from left to right like the English language writing.
Language and sense of time
Other differences in sensing time in languages are that in some languages like Swedish and English speakers they tend to express passing of time in distance like short time – long time.
But in Greek and Spanish they tend to express passing of time in volume big time, small time.
All in all, the process of going back and forth between different languages shows great ability of human brain and state its health.