I just read an article online titled Thinking in a Foreign Language Makes Decisions More Rational, and that link goes right to it.   To cut to the chase:

The researchers believe a second language provides a useful cognitive distance from automatic processes, promoting analytical thought and reducing unthinking, emotional reaction.

“Given that more and more people use a foreign language on a daily basis, our discovery could have far-reaching implications,” they wrote, suggesting that people who speak a second language might use it when considering financial decisions. “Over a long time horizon, this might very well be beneficial.”

Well… I think of Spanish as a language of love, as a musical language that could enhance emotions, but this article goes in a different direction. Fascinating! Yet another reason to work on that Spanish!

Maybe I will start the dinner conversation with my husband like this: “Kelly, mi vida, tenemos que platicar… cuanto dinero tienes?”

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