Ask a German to describe a bridge, and they are likely to use words like beautiful and elegant. Ask a Spanish speaker, and they will use words like big and dangerous. Now, ask them to describe a key. The German will say hard and heavy while the Spanish speaker will say lovely and intricate. Why? According to work by Boroditsky and co-authors, that’s because in German the bridge takes a feminine article and the key takes the masculine. And, as you may have guessed, the reverse is true in Spanish.