Man wakes from coma speaking Mandarin

After a car crash and being in a coma ,he is fluent in a language he hardly knew before.

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+1 1. urbaneagle commented 5 years ago

"wow a white kid".... racist lol
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+1 2. Dmitry commented 5 years ago

I've heard about this phenomenon long time ago but I still don't understand how that happens, unlike this boy, there are cases where a person in a coma wakes up speaking fluently a language they have never been exposed to, and not being able to speak or understand their native tongue at all, this boy has a mild case compared to some of the other similar cases.
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+2 3. stretchpadawan commented 5 years ago

#1 dont you know only white people can be racist.. oh.. did I say that..
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+4 4. Thanny commented 5 years ago

#2 Never happened. No one has ever woken from a coma speaking a language he or she had never been exposed to before. It's conceivable that such a person might have completely forgotten the exposure (we're talking about serious brain damage here), but it's hardly unlikely that prevarication to generate interest is the explanation.
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0 5. cameramaster commented 5 years ago

I'll just have to get by with English....and cockney :-/
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+1 6. bella1 commented 5 years ago

#1 thats ok he said "white" he did not say a shady colour
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+1 7. fjwjr commented 5 years ago

I always wondered the origin of other languages. Now it makes sense.....head injury!
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0 8. dushan commented 5 years ago

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+1 9. bytebuster commented 5 years ago

Maybe a reincarnated chinese?! ;)
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+1 10. celestus87 commented 5 years ago

#4 The brain has default preferred standards for everything from preferred language to preferred ice cream flavor to preferred cursed word to describe a terrible driver.

If rationalizing about it can change those standards over time, I don't see why brain injury can't.

PS. Obviously, exposure is required. There is no such thing as learning a completely new language by hitting your head on wall. :(|)
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0 11. LaoMa commented 5 years ago

He might haven't been as fluent in Mandarin before the coma, but obviously he already knew a lot. While sleeping, the brain does a lot of optimization, so I guess a week of coma was well enough to get the language sorted out in his mind.