How language shapes the way we think

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Do you think languages shape the way we think?

According to Lera Boroditsky they do. In this TEDtalk, she provides different examples that show how the same object or situation might be perceived in different ways depending on the language spoken.

📕BEGINNER

One of the most typical mistakes that English learners commit is using the verb to be when they agree or disagree:

I am agree / I am not agree

It’s true that many Romance languages such as Catalan (estic d’acord), Spanish (estoy de acuerdo) or French (Je suis d’accord) use a linking verb in this expression, but not in English. In English “agree” is a verb, so we say:

I agree / ...

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GIVING YOUR OPINION IN A MEETING

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In this conversation you can find some expressions to give your opinion about something in a meeting. Watch the video and go through the text.

 

Allie: That was a great concert last night, Scarlett.

Scarlett: Thanks.

Allie: As we know, Scarlett’s got a new CD coming out soon. So let’s have a look at the best way we can promote it in France.

Mark: OK, well I think Scarlett should visit the major music stores. In ...

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MAKING SUGGESTIONS

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In this text you can find some useful expressions to make suggestions. Watch the video and read the text.

 

Allie: I got a message this morning. It’s from Jacques.

Jacques: (on the answerphone) Allie, it’s Jacques. I’m in Rome. My return flight’s been cancelled. There’s a small problem. Scarlett Scarpino is in Paris for her concert this evening. I was going to look after her today. Could you possibly take care of her? Thank you. And ...

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How to Get There

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Here you have some useful expressions when giving directions. Watch the video and read the dialogue.

Mark: Where exactly is it? I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. OK. How far is it? OK, OK. Merçi. Au revoir.

Jacques: Any luck?

Mark: I think I’ve found an apartment. How do I get to Belleville?

Jacques: The easiest way is to get the metro at Pyramides. Take Line 14 and change ...

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Requests and Permission

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Watch and read the following conversation in which people make requests and give permission.

Jacques: Mark? Would you mind sending me those concert dates?

Mark: Of course not. Ben, are you busy?
Ben: Me? Never.

Mark: Could you help me? I can’t open this document.

Ben: Sure.

Mark: Thanks.

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Allie: Hi, Nicole.

Nicole: Could you sign these, please?
Allie: Sure.

Nicole: Is it OK if I take tomorrow afternoon off?

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Introductions

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Let’s practise some useful expressions when introducing people or meeting people again.

Listen and read the following dialogue: 

Mark: Hi. I’m Mark Ryder.

Nicole: Ah, you’re the new marketing director.

Mark: That’s right.

Nicole: I’m Nicole Delacroix. I’m Allie’s personal assistant. Welcome to Paris!

Mark: Thank you.

Nicole: I’ll just tell Allie you’re here. Allie? Mark Ryder’s here. OK. You’re from San Francisco, aren’t you?

Mark: Yes, I am.

Allie: Hello, Mark.

Mark: Allie, It’s good to see you again. How are you?

Allie: Very ...

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