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    (Original post by pamplemousse.)
    I am not bilingual but I have caught myself thinking in French... and my brain interprets quiet conversation I hear as French a lot even though I know it'll be English.
    Can you have coherent thoughts in french? Not just "bonjour" etc
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    (Original post by jah890)
    Can you have coherent thoughts in french? Not just "bonjour" etc
    Yeah I listen to it online near constantly and am studying it at A level. I'm not bilingual as I said and it's not constant, but it does happen sometimes randomly, and I can if I try too. Often if I am walking to college online I will be thinking in French.
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    (Original post by jah890)
    So do you think in Persian or do you think in English?
    I think in my native language.

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    (Original post by Fatemah4)
    I think in my native language.

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    can you think in english?
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    English for sure
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    (Original post by pamplemousse.)
    Yeah I listen to it online near constantly and am studying it at A level. I'm not bilingual as I said and it's not constant, but it does happen sometimes randomly, and I can if I try too. Often if I am walking to college online I will be thinking in French.
    But it must still be hard, even with A Level french. For some reason I think you can't become fluent in a language if you learn it past age 8, something called the critical period hypothesis.

    Like you will be ok at french, but you won't be able to retain it once you stop. So after 10 years after you stop french, you will be back to bonjour lol and a few key phrases.
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    (Original post by The_Internet)
    English for sure
    Are you bilingual?
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    (Original post by jah890)
    Are you bilingual?
    Well let's put it this way. Ever so technically, English isn't my first language. I understand practically every thing of punjabi but i do struggle to speak in it however I refer to the hallway by the punjabi word so I guess I think of that word in the Punjabi instead of in English (Mirpuri Punjabi btw)
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    (Original post by The_Internet)
    Well let's put it this way. Ever so technically, English isn't my first language. I understand practically every thing of punjabi but i do struggle to speak in it however I refer to the hallway by the punjabi word so I guess I think of that word in the Punjabi instead of in English (Mirpuri Punjabi btw)
    can you have an inner monologue in punjabi?
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    Both. Depends on what I'm thinking about. Generally, if it's an abstract or complicated thought, it'll be in English. If it's me cussing someone in my head, it's in Urdu.
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    (Original post by jah890)
    can you have an inner monologue in punjabi?
    Literally never.

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    (Original post by retro_turtles)
    Urdu and English
    Urdu or mirpuri?
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    (Original post by User1212)
    Urdu or mirpuri?
    urdu
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    (Original post by retro_turtles)
    urdu
    ok I assume you're not Kashmiri? or am I mistaken?
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    (Original post by User1212)
    ok I assume you're not Kashmiri? or am I mistaken?
    No i'm not i'm well supposed to be Punjabi since my dads from there
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    (Original post by retro_turtles)
    No i'm not i'm well supposed to be Punjabi since my dads from there
    yeah that explains it.
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    (Original post by User1212)
    yeah that explains it.
    explains what exactly?
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    (Original post by retro_turtles)
    explains what exactly?
    it explains why you speak Urdu, as most Pakistanis here in the UK are Kashmiris, of which most of them can't speak Urdu (including me lol)
 
 
 
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