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7 [seven]

Numbers
7 [sept]

Chiffres
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I count:
one, two, three
I count to three.
 
I count further:
four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine
 
I count.
You count.
He counts.
 
One. The first.
Two. The second.
Three. The third.
 
Four. The fourth.
Five. The fifth.
Six. The sixth.
 
Seven. The seventh.
Eight. The eighth.
Nine. The ninth.
 


Thinking and language

Our thinking depends on our language. When thinking, we are "speaking" with ourselves. Therefore our language influences our view of things. But can we all think the same despite different languages? Or do we think differently because we speak differently? Every people has its own vocabulary. In some languages certain words are missing. There are people who do not distinguish between green and blue. They use the same word for both colours. And they have a harder time identifying the colours! They cannot identify different hues and secondary colours. They have problems describing the colours. Other languages have only a few words for numbers. These language speakers can't count so well. There are also languages that don't recognize left and right. Here the people speak of north and south, east and west. They have a very good geographic orientation. But they don't understand the terms right and left. Of course, not only our language influences our thinking. Our environment and everyday life also shape our thoughts. So what role does language play? Does it set limits on our thoughts? Or do we only have words for what we think? What is cause, what is effect? All of these questions remain unanswered. They are keeping brain researchers and linguists busy. But this issue affects us all… You are what you speak?!

Guess the language!

______ is the language with the most speakers worldwide. That said, there is not one but rather several ______ languages. They all belong to the Sino-Tibetan language family. A total of about 1.3 billion people speak ______. The majority of those people live in the People's Republic of ****a or in Taiwan. The largest ______ language is Standard ______, also known as Mandarin. As the official language of the People's Republic of ****a, it is the native language of 850 million people. Other ______ languages are often only recognized as dialects.

Mandarin is understood by almost all ______-speaking people. All ______ have a common writing system that is between 4000 and 5000 years old. For this reason, ______ has the longest literary tradition of any language. ______ characters are more difficult than alphabetic systems. The grammar is relatively easy to learn, however, which allows a person to advance quickly. And more and more people want to learn ______. Have the courage to try it - ______ is the language of the future!

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