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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    Do you think in arabic when you are speaking arabic?

    So essentially you think in 2 languages, or at least can think in 2 languages even if you don't take the option (like some bilinguals).
    yhh when im talking arabic i think in arabic
    but as you said sometimes id zone out basically thought-talking to myself sort of thing and not think about what language im thinking in (sometimes i literally merge them xD)
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    (Original post by animeamanda1412)
    yhh when im talking arabic i think in arabic
    but as you said sometimes id zone out basically thought-talking to myself sort of thing and not think about what language im thinking in (sometimes i literally merge them xD)
    So when you are thinking on your own (not speaking any language to someone), you prefer to think in English, but you could easily make yourself think in Arabic? Is that correct?
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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    So when you are thinking on your own (not speaking any language to someone), you prefer to think in English, but you could easily make yourself think in Arabic? Is that correct?
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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    1) Can someone who is bilingual think in both of their languages? That means for example if they were bilingual in English and Spanish, they could think to themselves in English or they could think to themselves in Spanish.


    2) If in an english maths text book it says...."this is called the product rule"....does that mean that formula is called product rule in the english language and that in other languages the formula is called something else.
    Do they teach you the english name for new things because of the dominance of english in research publications in math/science? Like it makes no sense to know the persian name of the product rule formula if no one publishes math research in persian.
    1) personally yes. I find the English language so easy although it is not my first language.

    2) I do not know really but my mum had told me that when she was in school everything was in farsi but things like maths and sciene were mostly the same as we learn here just different way of saying it eg algebra, sine, cosine etc
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    (Original post by h333)
    1) personally yes. I find the English language so easy although it is not my first language.

    2) I do not know really but my mum had told me that when she was in school everything was in farsi but things like maths and sciene were mostly the same as we learn here just different way of saying it eg algebra, sine, cosine etc
    So what languages do you speak?

    Can you choose to think in either of your languages?
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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    So what languages do you speak?

    Can you choose to think in either of your languages?
    Well I speak pakhto/pashto at home with my parents. I understand farsi/dari and can speak it but when I do as I am not that used to it I feel nervous. I speak in English, understand and can speak most of Urdu too. But yeah these are the languages I mostly know to make conversations in.

    Yes I can choose to think in either. What about you?
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    Oh sweet, a lingual question for me. Ok I'm trilingual, well not really. I do speak 4 languages but am more suited in the 2. French and English. The interesting thing for me is that French was my mother tongue, but now I think solely in English thanks to moving here when I was quite young. Even when I speak french, I formulate the thoughts in English and then manually translate them into french.
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    (Original post by h333)
    Well I speak pakhto/pashto at home with my parents. I understand farsi/dari and can speak it but when I do as I am not that used to it I feel nervous. I speak in English, understand and can speak most of Urdu too. But yeah these are the languages I mostly know to make conversations in.

    Yes I can choose to think in either. What about you?
    Just english....hence the question.
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    (Original post by AlphaWolfZ)
    Oh sweet, a lingual question for me. Ok I'm trilingual, well not really. I do speak 4 languages but am more suited in the 2. French and English. The interesting thing for me is that French was my mother tongue, but now I think solely in English thanks to moving here when I was quite young. Even when I speak french, I formulate the thoughts in English and then manually translate them into french.
    But you can make yourself think in french, right?
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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    Just english....hence the question.
    Oh I see. would you have liked or would like to speak in another language too?
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    Oh I see. would you have liked or would like to speak in another language too?
    Not at my age....it's much harder to learn languages after the age of 8

    I remember studying 5 years of german, age 11-16, I can barely string a sentence together...mind you I got A* in that GCSE.
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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    But you can make yourself think in french, right?
    Just tried. I can't. My thoughts are in english for some reason. I can only think of swears and insults in french in my head, that's my limit, silent French insults
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    (Original post by AlphaWolfZ)
    Just tried. I can't. My thoughts are in english for some reason. I can only think of swears and insults in french in my head, that's my limit, silent French insults
    Lol, then I wouldn't class you as bilingual

    But you must have stayed in france for a very short time, a couple of years in france at a young age can basically make you fluent....you got out fast
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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    Not at my age....it's much harder to learn languages after the age of 8

    I remember studying 5 years of german, age 11-16, I can barely string a sentence together...mind you I got A* in that GCSE.
    Lol same with French for me. I was really good at it especially in writing but now I can hardly remember how to speak in basic. I think you can learn languages at any age yes it is much hader but if you stick to it...its possible.
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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    Lol, then I wouldn't class you as bilingual

    But you must have stayed in france for a very short time, a couple of years in france at a young age can basically make you fluent....you got out fast
    Even though my parents are Belgian, I only stayed there till I was 5, so that could probably explain it. I want to risk asking my mum but as a english linguist on foreing lexical bullcrap, I would probaby would have to listen for a few hours
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    (Original post by AlphaWolfZ)
    Even though my parents are Belgian, I only stayed there till I was 5, so that could probably explain it. I want to risk asking my mum but as a english linguist on foreing lexical bullcrap, I would probaby would have to listen for a few hours

    So how come you can't speak french?

    You're belgian, lived there for 5 years (critical language learning years as well) and have parents who can speak french?
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    (Original post by ghajok45)
    So how come you can't speak french?

    You're belgian, lived there for 5 years (critical language learning years as well) and have parents who can speak french?
    Well as we moved there in a critical age of school, I quickly forgot French. My family also began to speak English at home and my younger siblings where born to an English speaking family. I could understand French but couldn't speak it. Had to relearn it entirely for iGCSE.
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    (Original post by AlphaWolfZ)
    Well as we moved there in a critical age of school, I quickly forgot French. My family also began to speak English at home and my younger siblings where born to an English speaking family. I could understand French but couldn't speak it. Had to relearn it entirely for iGCSE.
    I see, maybe since you kind of picked up hints of french when you were young, you have the potential to become very fluent in french?
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