• Question: Can we use emotions in our language to talk to someone who doesn’t speak English, yet still they would understand us?

    Asked by Piggy111 to Wil on 15 Mar 2017.
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      Wilhelmiina Toivo answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      People who do not speak English at all might be able to understand when you are trying to express emotions, for example crying or being angry (some scientists claim emotions are universal). Also body language and signing and pointing at things usually work quite well, and people can understand each other surprisingly well even though they wouldn’t speak the same language 😀