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Poll: Do you ever dream in a language other than your native language?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you ever dream in a language other than your native language?".

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 04:19
Member (2008)
English to Italian
sometimes Jun 6, 2011

My girlfriend says that sometimes I speak English during my dreams...

 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 04:19
English to French
+ ...
Other Jun 6, 2011

I miss "often" between "always" and "sometimes"

According to the language I have been concentrating on - not that I always remember my dreams, but as I often dream aloud, the sound of my voice tends to wake up others and sometimes myself.


 

Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 04:19
Dutch to Romanian
+ ...
sometimes Jun 6, 2011

But it is always related somehow to the reality. For example dreaming that I am translating, or communicating with natives that I actually know. As far as I can remember I never had dreams where I would speak my source languages without "being aware" of it.

 

Alexandra Speirs  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:19
Italian to English
+ ...
depends Jun 6, 2011

It depends who else is in my dream, where I think I am, etc.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 04:19
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
Always Jun 6, 2011

although I should have said: I tend to dream in the language of the dream's environment, so to speak. This can sometimes result in a multi-lingual dream.

 

Allison Wright (X)  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 03:19
Frequently Jun 6, 2011

Often I wake up in the middle of these dreams. Best described as "language salad". I am told I can be very talkative in my sleep, but largely unintelligible, because of the salad factor.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 03:19
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
Sometimes... Jun 6, 2011

Frequently in French (no wonder!), but once I dreamt that I could speak Japanese fluently (probably Freud would explain that...).

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 04:19
Spanish to English
+ ...
Other Jun 6, 2011

Whether we actually dream in "languages" per se is debatable, but I do sometimes talk or mumble in Spanish in my sleep...

 

Patricia Charnet
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:19
English to French
always Jun 6, 2011

but I tend to dream in the language used with the person i.e. in French with my family in France but in English with people in the UK
and when I dream about an event where I was alone it can be either French or English depending on the experience or event and / or location i.e. if event occurred in France French but if event occurred in UK and everything happened in English then in English - if I learned something in French then in French or if learned something in English then in English
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but I tend to dream in the language used with the person i.e. in French with my family in France but in English with people in the UK
and when I dream about an event where I was alone it can be either French or English depending on the experience or event and / or location i.e. if event occurred in France French but if event occurred in UK and everything happened in English then in English - if I learned something in French then in French or if learned something in English then in English If I drive the car with a French passenger and speak French I moan about bad drivers in French but if alone it can be either French or English.
Maths can be funny though because I learned the tables in French so when I think or dream in English I can revert in French with maths when calculating something to check I did not miscalculate
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Crystal Samples  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:19
French to English
+ ...
Sometimes, but... Jun 6, 2011

...it usually only happens when I'm in the country where my native language isn't spoke and after I've been there for a while (a few months), e.g. when I was in France, eventually I started dreaming in French. Same for Mexico...

 

Laura Nagle  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:19
Member (2009)
French to English
+ ...
Sometimes Jun 6, 2011

I usually dream in English (my native language), but when I spend some time in a French- or Spanish-speaking country, I find that the people in my dreams are increasingly likely to speak to me in those languages.

People I know sometimes speak languages in my dreams that they don't speak in real life. For example, my mom, who speaks only English and a smattering of German recalled from high school, simply can't get enough of French in my subconscious. I have to wonder what that's al
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I usually dream in English (my native language), but when I spend some time in a French- or Spanish-speaking country, I find that the people in my dreams are increasingly likely to speak to me in those languages.

People I know sometimes speak languages in my dreams that they don't speak in real life. For example, my mom, who speaks only English and a smattering of German recalled from high school, simply can't get enough of French in my subconscious. I have to wonder what that's all about. . . .
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MedTrans&More  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
English to Portuguese
+ ...
salad Jun 6, 2011

Allison Wright wrote:

Often I wake up in the middle of these dreams. Best described as "language salad". I am told I can be very talkative in my sleep, but largely unintelligible, because of the salad factor.


Exactly the same. Mine is made up of a espanglish-portuñol-portuglês medly and often I'll talk in my sleep using words of multiple origins and completely unique sentence structures. I kind of like that because nobody would understand it but me.

The worst thing though is when I wake up, the first few seconds I'm only able to speak 'salad' which led to a few laughs on a recent camping trip with my 'international' mates.


 

Mami Yamaguchi  Identity Verified
Japan
Member (2008)
English to Japanese
+ ...
rarely but... Jun 6, 2011

In my dream, I 'm under pressure to meet a deadline. And a client pushes me to submit translation urgently in English or others languages..
I can't distinguish dream from reality in such a dream.


 

Anke Formann  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 04:19
Member (2008)
English to German
+ ...
Often Jun 6, 2011

[quote]Interlangue wrote:

I miss "often" between "always" and "sometimes"

Same here! I dream both in English and Spanish and it happens rather frequently.


 
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