The Power of Language

By Viorica Marian

"This revolutionary book goes beyond any recent book on language to dissect how language operates in our minds and how to harness its virtually limitless power.

As Dr. Marian explains, while you may well think you speak only one language, in fact your mind accommodates multiple codes of communication. Some people speak Spanish, some Mandarin. Some speak poetry, some are fluent in math. The human brain is built to use multiple languages, and using more languages opens doors to creativity, brain health, and cognitive control.

Every new language we speak shapes how we extract and interpret information. It alters what we remember, how we perceive ourselves and the world around us, how we feel, the insights we have, the decisions we make, and the actions we take. Language is an invaluable tool for organizing, processing, and structuring information, and thereby unleashing radical advancement."

Penguin Random House


ABC7 News.

Could Artificial Intelligence Eliminate Languages?

April 20, 2023

Next Big Idea Club

The Power of Language: How the Codes We Use to Think, Speak, and Live Transform our Minds.

Spring 2023

The Washington Post

AI Could Cause a Mass-Extinction of Languages - And Ways of Thinking

April 19, 2023

Translated into Hindi for the Indian newspaper Rajasthan Patrika


"The Power of Language": 5 ways multilingual brains work differently.

April 5, 2023

Translated into French for Euronews France

Translated into Spanish for Euronews Spain

Republished in Yahoo! News UK

Fast Company

Bilingual? You should try thinking problems through in two languages.

March 31, 2023

Translated into French for Slate

New Scientist

The Power of Language: What Speaking Many Languages Can Do.

April 12, 2023

What The Parent?

Viorica Marian Talks About Her Book, The Power of Language, and Why We (and Our Kids) Should Learn Another Language

April 6, 2023

KERA Think

Want to Strengthen Your Brain? Learn Another Language.

April 10, 2023

Publishers Weekly

Nonfiction Summer 2023 Reads

March 24, 2023

The Power of Language in the News

Kansas Public Radio

"The Power of Language - How the Codes We Use to Think, Speak, and Live, Transform our Minds."

April 20, 2023

Wisconsin Public Radio

How Languages of All Sorts Unlock Our Brain's Potential.

April 19, 2023

Utah Public Radio

"The Power of Language" with Viorica Marian

March 30, 2023

Utah Public Radio

El poder del lenguaje

April 5, 2023

The Mountain Life

The Bilingual Brain.

April 12, 2023

KNX News Radio Los Angeles

Will AI Speed Up the Disappearance of Lesser-Known Languages?

April 20, 2023

Shine On! Kacey's Health and Happiness Show

Learning and Breathing.

May 4, 2023

Nancy's Bookshelf

The Power of Language with Viorica Marian

May 10, 2023

Write On! Radio

Interview with Dr. Viorica Marian.

April 11, 2023

Tune in at 4:50 to listen to Professor Marian's part.

Jennifer and Wendy Show

Viorica Marian - Power of Language

April 10, 2023

Multilingual Montessori

Episode 39: The Power of Language with Viorica Marian.

April 12, 2023

Talk Louisiana

Viorica Marian, Chief Murphy Paul, Mark Ballard, Glen Bynum

April 6, 2023

The Exchange

Interview with Professor Viorica Marian.

April 6, 2023

WVON Morning Show

Interview with Professor Marian

April 6, 2023

95X Morning Show with Rick & Thomas

Interview about the Power of Language.

April 6, 2023

Life Elsewhere

The Power of Language - How the Codes We Use to Think, Speak, and Live, Transform our Minds

April 6, 2023

Ozarks at Large

Interview about the bilingual brain

April 6, 2023

Walk Me Through

S2E7: Walk me through bilingualism.

February 24, 2023

Tune in at 24:40 to listen to Professor Marian's part.

Next Big Idea Club

April 2023 Must-Read Books

February 16, 2023

Fast Company

The Surprising Creative Power of the Multilingual Brain

May 6, 2023

The Washington Post

AI, Indigenous Languages and Cocaine Hippos.

April 21, 2023

Psychology Today

For bilinguals, identity is influenced by language.

April 3, 2023

Translated into Spanish for Psychology Today

Behavioral Scientist

It's a Bouba, Not a Kiki: The Relationship Between Sound, Form, and Meaning.

April 3, 2023

Psychology Today

Expressions and Gestures Can Be "Worth a Thousand Words"

April 4, 2023

Literary Hub

23 New Books Out Today

April 4, 2023

Alaska Commons

The Impact of Speaking Multiple Languages on the Mind

April 6, 2023

KERA Think

Want to Strengthen Your Brain? Learn Another Language.

April 10, 2023

Northwestern Now

Why Multilingualism is a "Superpower"

March 24, 2023

Republished in

Dialogue (Northwestern University School of Communication Magazine)

Exploring the bilingual brain.

Winter 2023

CBS News

Alderman, alderperson, alderwoman? The great City Council debate continues.

May 11, 2023

The Times of India

Yes, haan, athe. Our multi-lingual world is a gift.

May 21, 2023