Poll: What language do you dream in (at night)?
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Local time: 18:32
Feb 11, 2012

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What language do you dream in (at night)?".

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:32
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Target language Feb 11, 2012

In other words, English. But when my husband was alive, he said I talked in Portuguese in my sleep. Once he reported that I had said (in Portuguese): "Me Jane! You Tarzan!"


Melanie Wittwer  Identity Verified
New Zealand
Local time: 15:32
English to German
+ ...
images Feb 11, 2012

I dream in images, not spoken language. It's true.

[Edited at 2012-02-11 08:31 GMT]


Teresa Borges
Local time: 02:32
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
It varies a lot Feb 11, 2012

Mostly in Portuguese, but also in French (frequently) and English (rarely). I even dreamt once in Japanese (I don't actually speak Japanese: does that seem like a case for Sigmund Freud or what?)...

[Edited at 2012-02-11 10:44 GMT]


Victoria Burns
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:32
Member (2007)
French to English
+ ...
None of the above Feb 11, 2012

Like Melanie, all I remember of my dreams are images, people, actions, etc. - no spoken language (I may be aware that something has been said to me, but I never remember any direct speech).


Patricia Charnet
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:32
English to French
done both Feb 11, 2012

it's mostly the language I use with the person when I dream

and if dreaming alone can be both either English or French - depends on context and what I've experienced during the day or event


Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:32
German to English
+ ...
Not aware of the language Feb 11, 2012

Melanie Wittwer wrote:

I dream in images, not spoken language.

Like Melanie, I generally remember images and actions, not words. Occasionally, I remember dialogue in a particular language, such as my source language or another language I am learning.


Thayenga  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:32
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
I depends Feb 11, 2012

The language I dream in depends on the subject and the location of the dream.
If it's something requiring German, I'm dreaming in German, if it's English related then the dream's language is English. Sometimes the dream's language is a mixture of several languages. This is only when there seem to be no images, since images are the main "dream language"icon_smile.gif


Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:32
Member (2004)
English to French
Mostly French Feb 11, 2012

But I remember dreaming in German and Russian too.


Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:32
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
+ ...
Both oral and written Feb 11, 2012

I usually dream in Spanish, my source language. I sometimes dream in English, and have been told to speak in English in my dreams.

Also, when I'm working in complicated translations, mostly working in Excel files such as comparing, I dream of reading both Spanish and English sections and comparing them to match them. I call these dreams my nightmares.



Francesca Chiarello  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:32
Member (2011)
English to Italian
+ ...
It depends Feb 11, 2012

probably on the language I am mostly speaking in the period of the dream.


Ayşe Kıvılcım Karazor  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:32
Member (2009)
English to Turkish
+ ...
Both Feb 11, 2012

I am a TV serials addict and I mainly watch in original language (English). After 6 episodes I sleep and dream in English. Of couse, I dream of the actors/actrists in the serial:) Fun though, I watch new episodes in my dream.


Lifeng Yang  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:32
English to Chinese
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Target language Feb 12, 2012

Apparently I haven't acquired source-language-dreaming ability yet.

I need to work even harder.


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