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

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Matthew McCarthy  Identity Verified
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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.

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Sharon Polson  Identity Verified
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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.

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Sophie Devidze  Identity Verified
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"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 ) only in foreign language. I have noticed that people are more open and socialize better when speaking second language.

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