From: Yahoo India

People fluent in English ‘easily translate what they hear into Chinese’

Yahoo India:

Washington, June 15 (ANI): Chinese people who are fluent in English can translate English words into Chinese automatically and quickly, without thinking about it, a new study has found.

Taoli Zhang of the University of Nottingham wanted to study how two different languages interact and are stored in the bilingual brain.

“If you read in English, you don’t really require your knowledge of Chinese. Do you switch it off?”

For the study, Chinese students were shown pairs of words. The first word flashed on the computer screen so quickly that the person didn’t realize they’d seen it. The second word appeared for longer; the person was supposed to hit a key indicating whether it was a real word as quickly as possible.

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