"Brains of bilingual readers repress negative words" according to study

This discussion belongs to Translation news » ""Brains of bilingual readers repress negative words" according to study".
You can see the translation news page and participate in this discussion from there.

Matthew McCarthy  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:20
Member (2012)
French to English
+ ...
Negative speech May 14, 2012

I would add that people may not appreciate the impact saying of a swear word in their non-native tongue, as well. I think it is not uncommon, for example, for non-native English speakers to toss the f-word around casually.


Sharon Polson  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:20
French to English
+ ...
Agree May 14, 2012

I agree with the above, French is my second language, the use of French swear words, although I perfectly understand their meaning, do not shock me in the same way as the equivalent words in English. I have heard bilingual friends say the same thing, so the above article doesn't surprise me in the least. On the other hand, my son who has spoken and heard both languages since birth is as shocked at swear words in both languages, which would also seem to be logical.

[Edited at 2012-05-14 21:46 GMT]


Sophie Devidze  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:20
English to Georgian
+ ...
"people are more comfortable talking about embarrassing topics in a second language" May 15, 2012

Thomas Mann beleived people can talk freely about love (an embarrassing topic icon_smile.gif) only in foreign language. I have noticed that people are more open and socialize better when speaking second language.


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

Moderator(s) of this forum
Jared Tabor[Call to this topic]

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

"Brains of bilingual readers repress negative words" according to study

Advanced search

PerfectIt consistency checker
Faster Checking, Greater Accuracy

PerfectIt helps deliver error-free documents. It improves consistency, ensures quality and helps to enforce style guides. It’s a powerful tool for pro users, and comes with the assurance of a 30-day money back guarantee.

More info »
Protemos translation business management system
Create your account in minutes, and start working! 3-month trial for agencies, and free for freelancers!

The system lets you keep client/vendor database, with contacts and rates, manage projects and assign jobs to vendors, issue invoices, track payments, store and manage project files, generate business reports on turnover profit per client/manager etc.

More info »

  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search