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As a polyglot (English, several dialects of Chinese, Spanish, German, Russian), languages are still one of the most important tenets of culture and individualism.

Trying to understand or think like an American is a completely different experience from trying to think like a Chinese which, respectively, is completely different from thinking like a German. These modes of thinking not only make each culture/country/peoples unique, it actually facilitates various strengths.

Primarily, the Chinese language actually allows humans to remember and store more information in short term memory when compared to more Western/romantic languages. Most humans can store 7 (+- 2) bits of information (bits being defined as one contextual idea: 25 + 23 are 3 bits, Picasso's Mona Lisa is 1 bit).

The Chinese language actually facilitates math/short-term memory because many things are spoken/read/written as one contextual idea. When remembering a large number (602-112-5097 for example), English speakers tend to remember this number as: Area code = 1 contextual bits Each individual number = 7 contextual bits This happens because the English language separates non-related digits into individual ideas.

In Chinese however, masses of digits are written and spoken as one long contextual idea. Similarly, in memory, these long numbers are more easily stored as one contextual bit and take up "less" space.

Conversely, English (and to some degree romantic languages) happen to have lots of descriptors (what we call adjectives and adverbs). This, respectively, is one of the reasons why English speakers tend to be more creative with how they express themselves.

Does this mean that we'll eventually tend towards an universal language that implements all the good points of current languages? Perhaps.

Personally, I enjoy the uniqueness of each language by itself.




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