The Possibility of Second Language Acquisition!

Have you ever perceived yourself as someone with a different personality or characteristic when speaking in your second language?

According to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, a famous anthropological theory, language largely influences our non-linguistic cognition and perception. (Casasanto, 2012) It suggests that speaking multiple languages allows us to see the world with multiple angles.

At the same time, however, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis claims language constrains our worldview, implying that speaking only one language makes us fit into a predictable set of thoughts and behaviors. (Casasanto, 2012) Even though it is hard to tell if we behave differently because of our unconscious efforts to adapt to a new environment or a perception newly given by the second language itself, this hypothesis is attractive enough to push us harder into Second Language Acquisition.

I do find myself having different characteristics when I speak in Japanese and in English. When speaking Japanese, I find my characteristics to be softer and humbler than when I speak English. It is clear to me that my thinking circuit in English is much more direct. I can recognise my “duality” from speaking two different languages, and I find it fun. Does the environment, living in Canada, make me different, or does the language itself create “another me?”

Either way, don’t you feel excited to believe that learning another language helps us to develop a new worldview? Second Language Acquisition is more than just learning a new language. It allows you to reinvent yourself.

Reference

Casasanto, D. [2012] Whorfian Hypothesis. [online] Oxford Bibliographies. Available at: https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/display/document/obo-9780199766567/obo-9780199766567-0058.xml [Accessed 20 February 2023].

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nishida

“Natsuki” is from Fukuoka, a beautiful city in Japan. Biking, swimming, and walking along the Seawall in Downtown Vancouver with her three daughters are her passion. After completing the Associate Degree of History from Langara College, she has started her new professional career in the education field as an administrative assistant at Cloud Nine College.