June 26th, 2015

Answer for question 4428.

If you had the extra time to cultivate one specific talent or hobby, what would it be? Why does it interest you?
My answer will change every time i think about this question. Today i will say that i would love to able to communicate in a second language (Chinese? Navajo?, Spanish?) I am not good at languages. After seven years i could just barely pass a language test for my masters degree. I feel that a person who speaks one language has a very limited, closed off perspective on the world. He thinks, dreams, perceives in only one way. He is like a person with only one eye and the vision of that eye is glazed over by experiences and prejudices. Of the hundreds of thousands of human languages that must have existed, a few thousand are still around. Each one of those languages offers its speakers a unique way of looking at the world -- a unique world. I would love to be able to see the world through the eyes of a non-English speaking person.