Post # 1
Totally random, weird question – I woke up this morning and for some reason, one of my first thoughts was “I wonder what language multi-lingual people think in?” Like say you speak Spanish, French and English – are your thoughts in Spanish? English? French? Or a mixture!? I only speak English, so I just thought it would be interesting to hear what others say!
Post # 3
Primarily in English, since that’s my primary language.
I’m a second language learner though, not truly bilingual. While I was studying my second language and living abroad though, I often thought it in and sometimes dreamt in it. I still occassionally think it in, but not often, because I don’t use it now that I live back in the States.
Post # 4
It depends on what language I speak during the day. I usually think in English, but when I go back to Germany to visit, I find myself thinking in German again.
Post # 5
My fiance mostly thinks in english but sometimes he’ll find himself dreaming in spanish or counting in spanish. I would probably say he thinks about 50% of the time in each language. Spanish was his first language but he learned english around the age of 5.
Post # 6
i learned english and slovenian at the same time, but i mostly think to myself in english. but, there are times when i can’t think of an appropriate english word…so i just say the slovenian word! kinda weird, i guess!
Post # 7
I think in english. I’m vietnamese but I’m not fluent. I can understand it but I can’t speak it very well.
Post # 8
It depends on the situation. When I am by myself and think about my family and friends, then I mostly think in Russian. If I am with my FI or at work then I mostly think in English. Also, even if I am by myself and think about FI, then I still do it in English because that is the language we communicate with.
Post # 9
I am billingual in english and spanish and i think in english.
Post # 10
It’s so interesting to hear the answers. I wish I knew another language to have the option of what language to think in hehe
Post # 11
I’m not bilingual but I remember that we asked this same question to our tour guide when we went on a european spring break in high school. She was italian but she lived in france and worked for an american tour company– so she spoke those three languages completely fluently and also could speak german she said. She said that she primarily thought in Italian because that is what she was raised with, but sometimes her dreams were in French or English.
Post # 12
Je parlez Francais et Anglais. Mon amour est un Francophone du Québec
Post # 13
I’ve fallen off with my Spanish, but when I’d been studying it through high school and some college I actually would have dreams in Spanish! 🙂 I should really get back on that, it’s a good skill to have.
Post # 14
I grew up in Turkey and moved the US when I was 21 so English is my second language. Maybe because I learned it at a young age in school, but it always came very naturally to me. I think and dream in English for the most part and talk to myself in English. Only when I dream of my family or friends back home, then we speak in Turkish in the dream as we normally would.
Post # 15
It depends. I think you react to your environment so most days I think in English but when I’m home I tend to think in Chinese.
I almost always count in Chinese though!
Post # 16
Born and raised in Portugal, fluent in Portuguese. I think in the language that I’m speaking at the moment, if that makes sense. When I speak with my parents in Portuguese, I’m thinking in Portuguese. When I speak with FI in English, I’m thinking in English. FI does say that I dream in Portuguese sometimes.