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15 August 2017

The languages you speak may influence the way you experience the passage of time.

The languages you speak may influence the way you experience the passage of time. That’s one of the conclusions of an international team of psychologists who have recently investigated this phenomenon among people who are fluent in two languages. Their research suggests that bilingual individuals tend to unconsciously think about time differently depending on the language context – Swedish or Spanish, for instance – in which they are assessing the length of events, particularly if the languages in question use dissimilar ways of marking durations of time.

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