HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Verbal Communcation Prompt #6

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According to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s, we would perceive the world differently if we spoke another language. I believe the what Ludwig is trying to say is that surrounding language is culture. The two go hand in hand and when you have one, you automatically have the other. When you speak a language, there is a specific culture surrounding that language and I think that is what shapes our view of the world.

Each person already views the world differently based on their own personal experiences and beliefs, but language and culture also mold our views of the world and the people we are surrounded by. I do not believe that I see the world the same as someone who does not speak English; because they were probably brought up differently, had different traditions or routines they did, and possibly even grew up somewhere other than the U.S.

An example that I believe supports this quote is that someone in Asia, lets say China, perceives the world differently than I would as an English speaking American. The way they were brought up may have been different than I was. They might think some of the things I do aren’t socially appropriate or they are our of the norm of what they’re used to. They have different values and beliefs because they were raised differently in a different area and with a different language and culture that shaped their view of the world.

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