(Closed) For those who speak more than one language – What language do you think in?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 Fiance or at work then I mostly think in English. Also, even if I am by myself and think about Fiance, then I still do it in English because that is the language we communicate with.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am billingual in english and spanish and i think in english.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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Sugar bee

Je parlez Francais et Anglais.  Mon amour est un Francophone du Québec

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 Fiance in English, I’m thinking in English.  FI does say that I dream in Portuguese sometimes. 

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