I believe that our mother tongue affects the way that we view the world to some degree. When I have talked to people who are bilingual, they always say how their different languages shape the world that they see. As was mentioned in our textbook some cultures focus on different parts of the pictures, memories etc. The Asian cultures will focus more on the exterior part of the world while the Americans and Europeans will focus on the "main character" the picture or memory. In addition some languages allow people to express their feelings, emotions, ideas in a more concise manner. Whenever I have a feeling that I just can't place a finger on, I always think "what if I spoke another language, would I be able to figure out this emotion?" When I have learned French, more often than not the teacher has talk about certain words in a more abstract manner because there is no direct translation for the word into the English language. This can prove frustrating because often times when we translate, the wording becomes too wordy and confusing. There really hasn't been much research on the idea of our mother tongue shaping our views of the world but Lera Boroditsky has attempted to research this hard topic in "How Language Shapes Thought." In the video, "Why 'Freedom Fries' Never Stuck", Boroditsky explains why we can't replace some words for others. Do you think that we should continue to research how language effects thought, or do you think that it is something that we'll never really be able to "figure out"?