Monday, August 29, 2005

Thought Language

I had this discussion with my mom about the language we think in. I happened to mention to her that for me, it's either English, or just picture-thoughts.

And she feels that for being a Mallu or a Tam (actually a bit of both, but not completely any one of those), I am not doing justice to my mother tongue, ‘Malayalam’ – which I think is one of the most beautiful and difficult languages. But my mom thinks that I am cheating on Malayalam :)

Times change. People change. Thought-language changes.
Love for mother-tongue remains the same.


Some of my fav books are in Mallu and I still read Bobanum Moliyum religiously. And not to mention that some of the best PJs I’ve ever heard are in Mallu.
Anju, remember the ‘Pull’ one and the ‘Danthasupathri’?
:)

Btw, What language do you think in? Or never even thought about it?

16 comments:

Anil said...

I think in english now, but when I was in school, I used to speak in hindi most of the time, and I would think in hindi too. When I was in high school, I was in west bengal and the language of communication switched to bengali and after a while I began to think in bengali too. So I guess the language we think in (for me at least) is the language we speak the most. At that time.

Girl With Big Eyes said...

You said it.

Great to know that your thought processor is compatible with so many languages and could be upgraded so easily.

:)

tony said...

Nice thought.. Reason i start stammering when i am angry or tensed while speaking in english( it really hard for me to word whip someone in english) is maybe because i don't think in english. But the i don't speak my mothertongue months and even yrs at a stretch being away from home so long. maybe coz i speak 3 alien languages.. though i schooled in an english school, i never spoke in english to fellow mates.. i don't know but i am stil not sure what i think in..Assamese( i learnt in college spokeonly in assamese in colege), hindi, english or manipuri. maybe i think in english while i write but i think i think in the language i am speaking coz i speak very fast anyway.. confused.. do drop in my blog sometimes

tony said...

I say nice blog.. Could actually read a lot fo ur previous posts. Actually i had gotten tired of reading Functional Specs and RFIs since i am new to the co..when i decided to blog hop and came across here and have been reading since the last comment.... soem nice stuff

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Thanks Tony.

Liked the small poem on "Life is like a journey on a train...."

Good day!

Arun said...

i was forced to speak in english for most part of my life , and to do tht better yu have to start reasoning and thinking in english.
so these days i find writing sthin in english is better thn to write in tamil.
but i luv readin tamil.

chaos said...

i think one develops the dynamic thought process system! ... depending on whom your are talking to, for instance when i am home i think in hindi, or else i think in english ...

Anonymous said...

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virdi said...

Anil>> stop lying... u never understood bengali properly.. and u were in Orissa for few years you forgot to mention that... u r a proper mallu and "u pud kokunud oul un ead und gu tu de uffice in de outo"... i repeat... i was with u in school and u never understood bengali properly...
Priya>> this anonymous guy loves you... i guess... ;-)
V..

Anonymous said...

ur guess is wrong....
I don't like girls who hesitate to love their mother toungue..

Girl With Big Eyes said...

chaos,
That is real dynamic.

Anon1,
Trying to write GWBE in Mal? Nice try.

Hey Virdi,
Trying to whip up some gossip here eh?
btw Anil, what do you have to say about that? :)

Btw, interesting to note that noone thinks in picture-thoughts.

chaos said...

Picture Thought...
Actually I do... (and most of the photographers too) when I am with my camera...

Jithu said...

i think in english now.. but there was a time when my thought process was in malayalam and i had to convert it to english for saying it. things were really difficult then.. i think the language of thoughts changes according to the language one uses frequently..

Anonymous said...

what is GWBE??
I wrote /gulp

Krish said...

I thought thru this all my summers, when I had to speak in Hindi/Marathi- the difference, which I never knew...
But then, almost all my thoughts were in Tamil only till I came to MBA and then suddenly I find myself thinking in English and speaking in Tamil..I agree with Anil on this one..May be the language we speak the most would lead us to think in that language...though I can speak mallu, and had spoken that quite fluently, I still dont think in Malayalam!..It seems like a fuzzy area to think too!

neeta said...

Oh I do! I think in picture-thoughts a whole lot. Maybe coz a picture thought encompasses so much at the same time, at a speed much faster than you can think of in words. And yeah, I think in English too. In fact, when I am upset or nervous or just plain worked up for some reason, I start speaking rapid english!