If you speak Mandarin, your brain is different

I try to learn to say, “I love you” and “Today is the best day of my life in as many languages as I can.  When I meet someone who speaks another tongue, I ask them (often repeatedly) to teach me to pronounce the phrases. If I see them regularly, like at my health club I ask to learn more. I have noticed the tonal specificity of Mandarin and Korean. The same “lyrics” pronounced with a different “tune” can mean something very different than I intend.  I didn’t know any of this but, having read the article, it makes perfect sense.  Having read this one article I will most likely pontificate on right and left brain languages from a great hight. 🙂

Source: If you speak Mandarin, your brain is different


About Excitable Ape

Today is the best day of my life! I am the Artist In Residence of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology. I work as an expert in science communication for Harvard University. Along with my wife, the comics artist Sharon Rosenzweig, I create comics and comic videos for the Annals of Internal Medicine. I express my passion for promoting science literacy by creating science education materials that makes people laugh out loud.
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