Every time you discuss the future [in English], grammatically you're forced to cleave that from the present and treat it as if it's something viscerally different.

Keith Chen

Quotation #16746

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"Could Your Language Affect Your Ability to Save Money?" TEDGlobal 2012. Jun. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Additional Information: This quote by behavioral economist Keith Chen means that unlike certain other languages, the English language separates the future from the present. In languages such as Chinese, however, the time spectrum is not divided up in this way, says Chen. The quote is from Chen's 2012 TED Talk about how your language affects your behavior, and in particular, how languages that without a concept for the future correlate with high savings rates. Watch the full TED Talk her: Keith Chen - Could Your Language Affect Your Ability to Save Money?