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    (Original post by maracatinca)
    It depends, but mostly in the first year of school I think (6-7 years old), even though some may start earlier and some later. In my case though, I was exposed far earlier than that; I had a couple books in English and, like most of my generation which I'd say is generally good with English, got to watch cartoons that were mainly in this language. Anyway, since most of the media has increasingly contained English throughout the years, it's fair to say I've been in touch with it almost daily for years on end. So in short, it's been more of an organic process for me than a direct result of formal education (even though that certainly helped as well)
    So then is your Romanian or English stronger?
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    (Original post by momoneyme89)
    What is your mother tongue? Can you think in any other languages?
    I used to be able to think in a third language, (well actually I was fluent in a second before I even started learning English, which is technically only my third, but by now my most comfortable) but I have almost wholly forgotten that.

    What does it matter what my mother tongue is, lol?
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    (Original post by momoneyme89)
    So then is your Romanian or English stronger?
    Well Romanian is still my native language and I use it everyday in various contexts, so I'd say it's stronger, but the margin is not that big.
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    (Original post by inhuman)
    I used to be able to think in a third language, (well actually I was fluent in a second before I even started learning English, which is technically only my third, but by now my most comfortable) but I have almost wholly forgotten that.

    What does it matter what my mother tongue is, lol?
    Dunno, just so I don't have to call it "mother tongue" lol.

    So you can think in 2 languages?
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    (Original post by maracatinca)
    Well Romanian is still my native language and I use it everyday in various contexts, so I'd say it's stronger, but the margin is not that big.
    Can you think in Romanian?
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    (Original post by momoneyme89)
    Can you think in Romanian?
    Lol obviously, it's what I suggested even in my first post here, but I'm sorry if I wasn't clear
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    (Original post by maracatinca)
    Lol obviously, it's what I suggested even in my first post here, but I'm sorry if I wasn't clear
    And I'm guessing you can think in English as well, given how perfect you write in English. Can you think in any other languages?
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    (Original post by momoneyme89)
    And I'm guessing you can think in English as well, given how perfect you write in English. Can you think in any other languages?
    When I was preparing for my language exam in German I found myself thinking in it sometimes, though it happens far less often nowadays. I also watch a lot of Korean shows and help translate some, so after a couple hours of translating/watching I also find myself having some thoughts in Korean. Now I don't know how healthy that is, but I don't mind it :laugh:
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    I can, but I have to force myself to, as in consciously force my native language in my head otherwise english will dominate.
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    I think in whatever language I'm speaking in, since sentence formation differs in each. Makes no difference in how good I am in them
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    (Original post by InadequateJusticex)
    I can, but I have to force myself to, as in consciously force my native language in my head otherwise english will dominate.
    what is your native language?
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    (Original post by momoneyme89)
    what is your native language?
    Tagalog
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    (Original post by InadequateJusticex)
    Tagalog
    Can you think in Tagalog?
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    I try to, but it's not always easy.
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    (Original post by momoneyme89)
    Can you think in Tagalog?
    Yeah, but it's not a language I use daily (nor weekly) so I can't think in it as fast as I can in English ha
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    (Original post by InadequateJusticex)
    Yeah, but it's not a language I use daily (nor weekly) so I can't think in it as fast as I can in English ha
    So you can think in Tagalog and English, no other languages, right?
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    I am trilingual and I don't think in German anymore.
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    (Original post by saran23)
    I am trilingual and I don't think in German anymore.
    What languages can you think in?
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    I can speak English and Armenian (English is stronger) and I will pretty much always think in English. I can think in Armenian but it rarely just happens naturally if I'm not actively trying to do it. In terms of actually speaking, the conversations in my house are a weird mixture of saying something in one language and then replying with another and occasionally replacing a word with the other language version mid-sentence.
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    (Original post by momoneyme89)
    What languages can you think in?
    English and Tamil.
 
 
 
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