SPEAKING TWO OR MORE LANGUAGES MODIFIES ONE’S PERSONALITY
A recent research has shown that the behaviour and outlook of bilinguals (people who speak two languages) changes according to the language that they use in different situations.
Two linguists (Jean-Marc Dawaele and Aneta Pavlenko) asked more than 1000 bilinguals whether they feel like a different person when they speak different languages. 66% confirmed that they did.
Interestingly, bilinguals express different emotions depending on their choice of language. One lady claimed that she made friends more easily in her second language (which she learned at an age when her social skills were more advanced). This suggests that the age at which languages are learned also has an impact, depending on the level of our cognitive development at the time when we become bilingual.
The cultural aspects of a language may also modify the personalities of bilinguals. Our cultural identity has a huge impact on our values, but those who are bilingual have travelled more and have absorbed foreign cultures and lifestyles. This has changed their outlook and challenged their existing values, creating an alternative personality that expresses itself in numerous ways.