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    Yes, I strongly believe that languages can affect the way you think. There are many articles on web which very well proves that it cab effect the way we think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicente View Post
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    haha what a trip! Thanks for sharing Vincente!

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    Being a native English speaker and learning Spanish, I do think that languages have a larger effect on us as individuals and as a society. It was entertaining to learn the passive Spanish phrases which take away guilt and responsibility for breaking things or showing up late, such as "me cayo" or "me hizo tarde". In the end was it really my fault the bus took 20 minutes longer then usual to get me to work?

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    Well Amayo, it depends on if you Think in Spanish or you Think in English and translate it to Spanish.
    My English teacher tells me that when you have expertise on a language, you can Think in these language. Then you can think different in English that Spanish.

    I Cannot think in English, I only can Think in Spanish and translate to English, because I am not enough proficient in English.

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    I just came back from a month in Central America speaking nothing but Spanish. It certainly changes the way I think when I am in that environment.
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    Easy for you Vicente

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    Haha...not easy Salvadorm. It's a transition. When I am immersed in Spanish, especially with my Latin family, then I find myself thinking and talking to myself in Spanish even though I am not fluent. I consider myself proficient. I can communicate well at any level but I have to listen carefully and I cannot speak rapidly. Spanish tends to have many long multi-syllable words that tie my tongue. I can think a lot faster and more clearly than I can speak. (which is also true of my English. )

    I have even had dreams in Spanish a time or two.
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    My Spanish is far from proficient but I can communicate my thoughts and understand most things. While studying Spanish I had an epiphany that English is a proactive language while Spanish is a reactive language. What I mean to say by this, is that in English we do/think/feel things by "choice", while in Spanish we react to our environments that make us do/think/feel things. I donīt think one is better then the other, itīs just interesting to see how this difference in the languages does effect the way we perceive things and look at life.

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    Guau, it Works!! and my mother tongue is spanish

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