Hi there. This is my first post, so please bare with me. I've been living in asia for approximately six years now. Most recently I moved to China. And I find that most chinese people lack a common sense or creativity that much of the western population have and I'm wondering whether this is due to the mechanics of the chinese language. For example, the other day, I had demanded a tv-cable repairman to install my new DVR so he came and did that. I wanted to ask him if there was a way to change the DVR menu to english. Having trouble in finding what to say, my second year University chinese class came in handy and I pointed to the "menu" button on the remote and said "this, have english or not?", he assures me that yes, it had. After fixing one of the initial problems, he shows me a tv channel thats in english. Of course, I know that I ordered english channels, how could I ever be so oblivious to the tv package I had ordered, after all, why on earth would I have pointed at the remotes menu button asking if it had english or not. And no, my chinese accent, is fine, I get around every day without a problem. Also, from hearing from friends who work in chinese offices I hear that there are things such as if they do not know how to perform a particular demanded task, they will avoid mentioning their difficulty and work on something else. Now, our chinese counterparts are not as smart after all. Maybe the smart ones left and came to North America but that is beside the point. My question now remains, is this due to their language mechanics? This is what I mean, about how their language is. For example, if you want to know if a restaurant or someone has something (e.g., water), you say "do you, or do you not, have water?" This is very specific, and straightforward as it requires less abstract processing because its demands whether there is either option of having or not having. Another example of non-creative sentence structure is when you count out objects or ask for objects there are number word. For example, 1 crayon, requires to say, 1 [flat-object number word] [crayon]. Another, to say a cup of coffee. 1 [cup number word] [coffee]. Can a prolonged use of a specific language induce a psychological effect that could discourage development of creativity or common-sense?of creativity or common sense?