Articles on Language

Sol and I have read an article about “15 Wonderful Words with no English Equivalent”. Despite the rough 1 million words in the English language, several terms get lost through translation. Some languages include Persian, Ulwa, Italian, Yiddish, Inuit, Hawaiian, Turkish, Czech, Japanese, German and several more.

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Articles on language

“Is Twitter speech or writing?”

The article discusses how speeches and writing has changes overtime due to the use of social media platforms like Twitter. From what we you used know, writing seems to be giving an official written thoughts of what you want. Whereas speech is a more comfort way to express your [...]

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Response to: “The Public” Disappears

The word “public” has become a dirty word.  In the current society, people have purposely removed “public” from the names of libraries and other things. This is because people believe that the word “public” has a negative connotation. If “public” was put in front of a term such as [...]

Articles on Language

Article: SlutWalk march takes place in Bristol


Alex and I were meant to read an article on SlutWalk, which is a movement led by people who think the blame of rape should belong to the rapists, not the victims. This began sparking from a Canadian policeman who said the point of being victimised [...]

Articles on language

“How 50 Big Companies Got Their Names” discusses how some of the largest, well known companies in the world got their names. Most of these companies (including adidas, 3M and AMC) got their names by abbreviations or ‘nicknames’ of the business owner or the business itself. However, their are some abnormalities, like ‘Arm & [...]

Articles on Language

Response on: “Is Twitter speech or writing?”

This article is an interesting read. It discusses about what type of communication Twitter really is. Is it writing or is it speech? First of all, what is the difference between spoken words and written words? One of the many differences is that writing tends to be [...]

Articles on Language

The article “Language universality idea tested with biology method” is discussing the development of language and influence of culture towards language.

In the article it says, “Cultural evolution, not the brain, drives language development”. Before thinking of the relationship between language and culture, we have to explain – what is  “culture”?

The definition of [...]

Articles on Language

Language shape perceptions and we believe the perceptions are correct so we directly follow our perceptions. This article shows one example of how important the perceptions which are shaped by language. Recently, because the public goods and services are becoming dirtier and not as good as other goods, when there is a word “public” [...]

Articles on Language

Claire and I have read an article about ’15 wonderful words with no English Equivalent’. Despite the rough 1 million words in the English language, several terms get lost through translation. Some languages include, Persian, Italian, Hawaiian, Ulwa, Yiddish, Turkish, Czech, Japanese, German, Welsh and many more.

People will not be able to express [...]

Being a bilingual

The article presents very interesting idea about bilingual helps forestalls the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, in fact, it delays the symptoms of disease so that people can cope with diseases for longer time. This basically tells us the advantages of bilinguals. Bilingual people can think differently from the monolingual people because bilingual people are able to use the various [...]

The bilingual Advantage

This article is about the advantages of bilingual. A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok got a question, which is “How does the acquisition of a second language change thought?” during her project studying second language acquisition in school children. After the research, Bialystok found that bilingual children are more focusing on important information and ignore [...]

Which language will dominate?

I think English will become dominant language. Here are reasons and facts that follow. English is becoming many people’s second language and it is the language that is most practically used. Research shows that English is the most common language. This also means that English is practical. By practical, I mean that if you [...]

Dreaming in Chinese

Unlike languages that might share something in common with each other (e.g alphabet/grammar), Chinese is completely different in its distinctive characters and tones. As hard as it is for foreigners to learn Chinese, monolingual Chinese people struggle just as much when attempting a foreign language such as French or English. Yet it is significantly easier [...]

Article: “The Bilingual Advantage”

While reading the “Has the development of new neuro-imaging technologies changed your work?” question I noticed that this article connects to TOK by highlighting the importance of the ways of knowing. Firstly, without the development of new neuro-imaging technologies (sense and reason categories of WOKs) Dr. Ellen Bialystok would have not been able to [...]

Being Multilingual

The article describes all the positive effects bilingualism has on people. It says that being bilingual can help us prevent Alzheimer disease, make our brains work more effectively by using more of them, and that it help us with multitasking. However, there are negative effects as well. This is my 6th year in China, [...]

Dreaming in Chinese

In this article, Melissa Powers wrote a lot of negative sides about Chinese, but in many ways, I disagree with her. As a native speaker of Chinese, I have to admit that Chinese is the most difficult and the most challenging language I’ve learned, but the depth of the meaning of each character is [...]

Necessity of understanding culture to speak fluently

According to “Eight questions: Deborah Fallows, ‘Dreaming in Chinese’”, it is said that understanding culture is not necessary for speaking language fluently. However, culture actually has close relationship with the language. Since culture is amorphous, there is no other way to describe it. This is why language has a crucial role in reflecting the [...]

Dreaming in China

It is not surprising that we can find some cultural aspects from its language. In this article, it only cited the example of Chinese, but actually, all languages show the characteristics of the culture it is based on. Even though those Chinese people do not often say ‘thank you’ or ‘please’ in their routine conversation, [...]

Thinking Literally

It is surprising to realize how common metaphors are present in our daily lives. In fact, we have become so familiar with it that one can’t notice a metaphor when they are using it. However, metaphors are born through human language, so instead of saying “we live by metaphors” I believe it is more [...]

Thinking Literally

This article awake me that how we recognized metaphor unconsciously in our daily lives. A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object. The experiment in this article show this significantly. Metaphors aren’t just how we [...]


Metaphors are results of what we know. We have to know the word and know how to match it with the meaning to use it. This is something that the article said. The article was quite interesting, saying that, by holding a glass of warm drink, we think that the person is also warm [...]

Thinking Literally ; Metaphors

Metaphors  is a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object. To be honest, i did know lanuage is a tool to expressing us but i didn’t know it could also affect our thinking. Metaphor is an imaginative way of [...]

Thinking Literally

After I read this text, I was amazed by the fact that how metaphors can make up our thinking. Metaphos actually drive our thought which shows the impact of language in our life. I thought metaphor is just a literary device which is to express the abstract ideas effectively. However, through the experiments that psychologists [...]

Thinking Literally – Meatphors

Metaphor is an imaginative way of describing something by referring to something else which is the same in a particular way. For example, if you want to say that someone is very shy and frightened of things, you might say that they are a mouse. In this context, if we do not know what [...]

“Thinking Literally”

This article made me realize how much the human body shapes the mind. It even affects the way we speak: our language. Metaphors are the perfect example because they “reveal the extent to which we think with our bodies.” They influence us so much that most of the time we use metaphors without even [...]

Thinking Literally ; Metaphors

For almost people, it will be regarded as a nonsense to think that holding a hot object could affect the impression of someone you meet. Surprisingly, a number of studies have revealed that this theory could be true, and that is why I’m literally astonished. Until I knew about this unfamiliar theory, I thought that metaphors are [...]

Thinking literally- metaphors-

Prior to reading this article, I regarded language as a tool or a way to express our thoughts but then I was really fascinated by the fact how a way of expression can actually affect our mind as well. Like, our thoughts can be confined when language is too limited to support our thought. [...]

Metaphors: Stuart McMillen

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From the IBO TOK Guide (first exams in 2015):

How does language shape knowledge? Does the importance of language in an area of knowledge ground it in a particular culture? How are metaphors used in the construction of knowledge?

Language can refer to the mental faculty which allows people to learn and use complex [...]

How languages shape the way you think

I have never really think hard and take the languages very seriously, but after hearing the radio program in the last Tok class, it change my perspective about language on whole new level. The radio we listened in our last TOK class mentioned that when we’re talking, we don’t realize that we are actually [...]

Group discussion about language

In TOK class, we had a group discussion about languages, culture and communication. I was group with Andrea, Jeong Jay, Michael, and Sung Jin.

One of the interesting question we came up with is what would happen if there is only one language in the whole world? I think that this is very hard [...]

Playing about wording

A police officer encountered an after-crime scene on a Sunday night in a bar: The windows were bashed into pieces, wine bottles were broken, and a file of money were scattered on a snooker table. Later the police women saw a group of men running away in a distance. An old lady shouted ‘catch!’ [...]

A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries

From the Washington Post:

Is Gallup polling data reliable? Is the characterization of the data (“an emotional country”) accurate? Etc.

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Just a little assumptuous story(yes I made that word up)

A boy sat writing his essay. Flying monkeys entered his room. The essay was grabbed by a monkey.  The boy sat in awe while his mother came into the room shouting.  The window was then closed and the boy went to bed.

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Does emotion affect the way I treat english literature?

I think that emotion plays a big part in English literature. Literature uses language (or words) to convey its meaning or purpose of the writer. Writer’s uses words to express their feelings, however words are very general and could have many connotations to it so the meaning would be different for everyone. Moreover, words [...]

TOK discussion

Last week during TOK we split up into small groups and talked about different things and for in our group we discussed about the movie we watched previously called baraka. In our group there’s Michelle Z, Chloe, Ji Won, Sabrina and I, we discussed the most memorable part of the movie. Each of us came up [...]

Group TㅇK Discussion

In last Tok class, we were split into groups to discuss, discuss and discuss. My group consist of Jay, Tal, Joseph, Storm and me. We started off discussing wether we like TOK, then we talked about Korean, Israel, Swedish languages. I indeed enjoyed discussing and felt that 1 hour’s discussion is not enough. Through [...]

TOK Discussion

Last wednesday in TOK class we discussed the silent movie that we watched earlier. We talked about what scenes that were most memorable and why they were. I had said that we may remember the things that were scary to us or that we could relate to. We talked about religion and how different [...]

Discussion class reflection

I thought the other day in class was very productive. In groups we talked about different subjects on language, including the handout we received before. The discussions resulted in more of an understanding about what we’ve been doing in TOK lately for all of us.

We talked about everything we’ve been doing in class lately. We [...]

Los grupos pequeños

I thought that last class a very productive one.  The small groups were a great success.  There was a hum of conversation going on for nearly the whole lesson, something that almost never happens when in our large circles.  I believe that in the small groups people felt less pressured about what they were [...]

Group discussion about language

On last TOK class, all the people were divided into groups with one leader each group. My group consists of: Jarand, Brad, Justin, Mike and me. It’s quite interesting to me since I seldom have discussion with these guys, and I have very little know about the new student —Brad. I think the discussion [...]

Discussion about languages

In ToK today, all of us were split into groups of 4-5 people. My group consisted of Justin, Mike, Daisy and Brad. We had a good discussion, about the different aspects of languages and how we can better understand a culture through the language. We had two native Chinese-speakers so the discussion led on [...]

Language (2)

At wednesday TOk class, we divided into several groups and talked about our views about the language. In our group, we discussed a question together. What happen If there is only one language in the world. In my view, if there is only one language in the world, there will be less conflicts and wars [...]

Language Podcast (perfect pitch)

The radio we listened to was basically talking about languages, but the part my attention was really paid to, was the perfect pitch section. First, English language and Chinese language is compared. Chinese has four tones, so if you get even a tone wrong, meaning of the word completely changes. A test (a Chinese [...]

Does language change our perception on things?

In class we were given a handout call ‘Does your language shape how you think?’. After reading through the handout i found several things interesting. At first i didn’t think that different languages could change the way we look at different things, and before the hand out i don’t recall the idea even ever occurring to [...]

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