I find the more complex a ‘home’ language, the more intelligent the people. It is our language ability that distinguishes us as human beings, and then our opposable thumb, giving us the creative ability with our hands to actualize /bring into reality, what we think of.
It is language ability that makes some humans more intelligent than others, and the more languages we know the smarter we get. The more words we know, the larger capacity that we contain within.
As it is our very intent at thought, that creates the neuron synaptic pathways within our brain, the more we learn, the larger a framework – or word map – or’ shelving unit’ for storage;) – we create inside ourselves.
Our vocabulary becomes the roots of our created reality tree. : ) The more languages we know, we effectively multiply our total neuron capacity. A language is so much more than words you see…
A language is also the knowing of what to say and when, customs, behaviors, culture, and so on. Within the ‘shelving unit’ or ‘files’ inside our consciousness, we need make room, for the word of all those things, in another language.
I was very injured on time, which included a head injury resulting in a loss of consciousness. The neuro-test given me, by a specialist unknown to me, as the one that gave them the best idea of my pre-injury intellect, was one on pronunciation of words.
I was told it did not matter whether I knew the word – or not – just how I chose to pronounce it. From this, I also gathered that language ability is the most accurate determiner of intellect used today scientifically. They were most likely able to determine how wide my word source was, from this test.
In Australia last year after school results were known, it was documented how much better ‘immigrant’ – or children with English as a second language – performed in the results. It was the subject of a tv show also.
It was mistakenly believed that it was due to foreign children being better students, or having greater work ethics instilled in them, as to why they were smarter.
Certainly these qualities assist, but they are simply smarter anyway because they know more words, their neuron capacity fills a greater space, than their ‘English-derivitive’, (no second language), fellow students.
Within the same language, just say two people had the same vocabulary also, it becomes the greater creativity and other learnings undertaken, that then increase brain use and therefore capacity, leading to one being smarter than the other.
Before I studied us, I studied every animal I came across. I noticed my pets, from mice to dogs, all became smarter the more I trained them.
When I meet someone I like to know their blood lines (heritage) on both side and their ‘home’ language. I find this the most helpful information to know more of someone, and it has proven reliable and consistent. I am able to determine how smart/clever they are most likely able to be from their language/no. of languages.
I have known, dated or befriended, all races and many breeds of humans. It is their vocabulary and language quantity that makes them smarter than the rest.;)
The English language has always been short of words, in comparison with others and has needed to add to its stock of words as it went along through history.
It needed to adopt words from other languages, as those words simply did not exist, within its own language. This made the people speaking it, therefore, intellectually, not as capable as those whose languages had a greater – or more extended -vocabulary.
English is one of the more simplistic of all the languages, and why as a second language it becomes easy, as it is so much easier than a ‘home’ language. It also does not fit in well with the other languages, and I go into more detail in other writings.
My mother’s vocabulary was severely limited. She operated in a very concrete fashion, fixated on what was in front of her. She had trouble understanding much that was not obvious to her way of thinking. She had enormous difficulty with abstract thought, and, or perhaps because, she was so regimented.
By this time language had been strictly controlled in English life. Hard for other language groups to fathom – in English language society – the topics of sex, religion and politics, were not considered appropriate for social conversing: “There are three things you never talk about…” my mother told me.
Also, “social grooming & etiquette” had men and women, or ‘gentlemen and ladies’ given advice of topics of conversation to learn, for society. For example, a young woman undertaking ‘social grooming advancement’, may learn a conversation topic such as flower arranging.
Thanks to the above language control measures, speaking had all but been disconnected from any idea of creating a reality for a human existence…;)
My mother’s social life was practically non-existent, had always been limited, and her life very structured and rigid. Her own creativity was severely and chronically stifled.
By contrast my father would take me as a baby to meet with his Hungarian friend. Conversation would roll, and was like a lullaby to me, and when he wasn’t speaking his home language or singing, he was whistling while he worked.;)
My mother struggled with her vocabulary. Her conversation – and that is using the term generously;) – was limited to retelling of events in a listed way, retelling of a simple ‘story’, criticizing, and using learned abusive words. Some of these, most likely she had said to her as a child, and others were clearly military words and orders.
She absolutely was not able to use language to create her reality as she went along in a day, instead using a learned script, that she needed to fit to suit a circumstance. This is very common of the habit of the English language in England even today.
Later in adulthood she learned to use the word ‘apparently’ and I noticed that it gave her more to do with a sentence.;)
Sure we are a breed, and we contain the biochemistry from our physical parents, and some may be more generous in ‘the matter’ than others, but we can use what we have and make it more so.
I was told a joke in Edinburgh one year when I was there for the Edinburgh Festival:
What do you call someone who knows many languages? Multilingual.
What do you call someone who knows a couple of languages?
What do you call someone who only knows one language? English!
I added immediately, due to my familiarity with the shortening/making casual, habit of my birthplace…:
What do you call someone who knows less than one language? Australian!;)
LOVE your home language, and love your language ability!
If you need to learn English, do so as another language, you are human after all, so no need to make less of yourself when you can be more! : )