- Newsletter - Issue 4
What does your sleeping position
say about your personality? How can learning a new language
change your perspective about the world? Find answers to all
these questions and more in this new edition!
- Chinese horoscopes, birthday colors, the 3 question
quiz, sitting posture.
- A new language means new thoughts
3.Puzzles and Teasers
4.In the News
- Food tastes and lifestyles.
- The Bupa world personality test
- Discover your sign in Chinese astrology.
Colors - What color is your birthday?
position - What does your sleeping position tell about
new language means new thoughts
Do you speak any other languages? Maybe you've
considered how good it would feel to be able
to speak to people in another language, but
did you know it also expands the range of your
possible thoughts? It's true. There are concepts
in each language that don't exist in others,
as well as different expressions. These can
give you new ways to think, and change your
perspective on things.
Changing Your Perspective Through Language
It is no coincidence that many Americans see
money as something created, rather than as a
static quantity to be divided up. English, after
all, is one of the few languages that speaks
of "making" money. In most languages,
the verb used is "to gain," or "to
take," or "to get." Each of these
affect the ways in which people think about
money. Personally, I think "making money"
is a very healthy perspective.
In Spanish, you are not thirsty or cold or afraid.
You say "I have thirst (yo tengo sed)",
"I have coldness (yo tengo frio),"
or "I have fear (yo tengo miedo)."
So what is the difference?
Did you know that the best therapists will tell
you to stop saying or thinking things like "I
am afraid?" It creates too much identification
with the feeling. It is healthier to say "I
feel fear." You are a human; fear, like
all feelings, is just a temporary visitor.
Can you see how other languages can give you
other perspectives? You might feel differently
about decision making if you only had to "take
a decision" ("tomar un decision"
in Spanish)" instead of "make a decision."
And the German word "angst," (roughly;
a feeling of existential anxiety) might immediately
pinpoint how you feel, when you can't quite
express it in English.
Better Understanding Through Language
You gain not just words when you learn a language,
but the ability to understand things better.
Who can speak more precisely about snow; someone
with three or four words for it (snow, sleet,
powder), or an Eskimo with 23 words for it?
And which is more efficient, the German word
"zeitgeist" (roughly; the taste and
outlook of a period or generation), or the paragraph
of English you'd need to say the same thing?
Other Advantages Of Learning A Language
Did you know that most people experience a general
improvement in memory from studying a language?
There's more. Are you getting older? It has
also been demonstrated that you can halt the
age-related decline in mental function by learning
a new language. You can tuck that little tip
away for later in life, or better yet, start
learning a new language today.
|About The Author
Steve Gillman has been
studying brain improvement, concentration, creative
problem solving, and related topics for years.
Some of what he has discovered can be found
on his website: http://www.IncreaseBrainPower.com,
as well as in his free Brain Power Newsletter
and Riddles (Answers at the end of this newsletter)
1. A man is asked what his daughters
look like. He answers, "They are all blondes, but
two, all brunettes, but two, and all redheads, but two."
How many daughters did he have?
2. What is the product of the following
(x-a), (x-b), (x-c), .....(x-z) ?
3. What is it that goes with an automobile
and comes with it; is of no use to it, and yet the automobile
cannot move without it?
life puts stress on the heart
and teasers answers
1. Three. One blonde, one
brunette and one redhead. 2. Zero. All factors are multiplied
by the factor (x-x) which is zero. 3. Noise