Languages shape our perceptions. Usually I understand that concept in terms of subtleties of meaning or interaction. Recently though, inspired by the hundreds of lists of life lessons I have seen, I considered what wisdom we can take away from the structure of Spanish itself. I believe these ten life lessons can be learned from examining Spanish grammar.
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As educators and language professionals, we can identify the structures that inspire each of the life lessons below. Can your language learners give examples in Spanish related to these life lessons?
1. When you respect someone, let that person know.
2. Two negatives don’t make a positive.
3. The past is usually more complicated than the future.
4. Make your questions clear from the start.
5. Agreement takes a little work, but it is worth the effort.
6. Where you put the emphasis will determine the meaning of your words.
7. At times it is important to clarify who you are talking about.
8. When something goes wrong, people tend to minimize their involvement.
9. You can know a lot about someone and not know that person at all.
10. Rules are made to be broken.
Just in case you would like to be reminded of the wisdom you can draw from Spanish grammar, here is a printable version of the image above. Please share any other lessons you see inherent in the structure of the Spanish language!