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Can bilinguals think in both of their languages?

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    (Original post by Inexorably)
    Dreaming in a foreign language is both incredibly bizarre and awesome. I've only had it happen twice but I was very surprised when I woke up
    It is strange, I agree.

    Love being multilingual
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    But polish was your first language? So surely you can think in polish?


    Yes, sometimes, but when i am surrounded by people who only speak or intend to speak in English i just automatically respond and think in English.

    I guess if my family started speaking Polish 90% of the time and my Polish was 100% fluent, my brain would most likely shift to thinking in Polish.
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    (Original post by WBZ144)
    I'm bilingual but usually think in English.
    Why is that? What is your other language? When did you learn both languages? Can you force yourself to think in either language?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    Why is that? What is your other language? When did you learn both languages? Can you force yourself to think in either language?
    Arabic, and I began to learn it properly at the age of 7. I can also speak some French but am not fluent, so I don't think I could be considered as tri/multilingual. My family speaks English at home, though my siblings will add the occasional Arabic word to a conversation because they learned it as well. I could force myself to think in Arabic if I wanted to but it wouldn't happen subconsciously.
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    Yeah. I'm fluent in English & Polish and I tend to think in either one of the languages. I can swap between the two when thinking without thinking if that makes sense lol
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    Yes, I can . I think the choice of the language you use to think depends on what you want to express. Sometimes it sounds better in a language rather than in another (It's a bit problematic when you think in a language, but you're supposed to speak in another and then you have to translate in your head what you were thinking ).
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    sure can. usually it depends which language I was last speaking in, and that usually sets my frame of mind for a while.
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    (Original post by katherine9609)
    Yeah. I'm fluent in English & Polish and I tend to think in either one of the languages. I can swap between the two when thinking without thinking if that makes sense lol
    What age did you learn both languages? If someone asked you, "what language do you think in?", how would you answer?

    Can you consciously keep switching thinking language? Can you think in any other languages?
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    I think a more interesting question is what language deaf people sleep in. Like do they picture signs in their head? Do that have their own oral language internally?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    What age did you learn both languages? If someone asked you, "what language do you think in?", how would you answer?

    Can you consciously keep switching thinking language? Can you think in any other languages?
    Polish is my first language as I'm from Poland so you could say I've known it my whole life. English on the other hand, I began learning when I came to the UK 9 years ago. I was fluent in English by the age of 12/13 (I'm almost 20 now).

    When someone asks me that question then I always say both as I always think in either one. And yeah, I can conciously change what language I think in but there are times when I automatically start thinking in eg. Polish if someone just spoke in Polish to me etc.
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    Yes, the two I speak, I can also think in. Mostly think in English though
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    I have learnt and spoke German for 4 years. I rarely think in German although it is not uncommon for me to revert to German when I can't find the correct English word. (Sounds as weird as it is).
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    (Original post by katherine9609)
    Polish is my first language as I'm from Poland so you could say I've known it my whole life. English on the other hand, I began learning when I came to the UK 9 years ago. I was fluent in English by the age of 12/13 (I'm almost 20 now).

    When someone asks me that question then I always say both as I always think in either one. And yeah, I can conciously change what language I think in but there are times when I automatically start thinking in eg. Polish if someone just spoke in Polish to me etc.
    So to answer the question, "what language do you think in", you would answer....
    "Polish and English"....right?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    So to answer the question, "what language do you think in", you would answer....
    "Polish and English"....right?
    Yep
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    I'm fluent in Cantonese and english but I tend to think in english a lot more
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    What age did you learn both languages? Can you choose which language you want to think in?
    Vietnamese is my mother tongue and I learned English at the age of eight as a coordinate bilingual. I am able to choose what language to think in, however, sometimes one is more favourable than the other. For example, I can discuss my love for literature and elaborate on the complexities of works like Jane Eyre or The Enemy in English fairly well, but I would literally stutter in my own head were I to force myself into thinking about such subjects in Vietnamese. Regarding everyday issues, Vietnamese or English will do just fine.

    I hope this will suffice.
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    (Original post by 1secondsofvamps)
    I'm fluent in Cantonese and english but I tend to think in english a lot more
    can you think in cantonese?
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    (Original post by Anne Dagenhart)
    Vietnamese is my mother tongue and I learned English at the age of eight as a coordinate bilingual. I am able to choose what language to think in, however, sometimes one is more favourable than the other. For example, I can discuss my love for literature and elaborate on the complexities of works like Jane Eyre or The Enemy in English fairly well, but I would literally stutter in my own head were I to force myself into thinking about such subjects in Vietnamese. Regarding everyday issues, Vietnamese or English will do just fine.

    I hope this will suffice.
    1) Can you think in Vietnamese?

    2) Can you think in English?

    3) What age did you learn both languages?

    4) Can you think in any other language?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    can you think in cantonese?
    Yes but it is a bit strange though, even when I speak in Cantonese with my family I still tend to think in english
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    (Original post by 1secondsofvamps)
    Yes but it is a bit strange though, even when I speak in Cantonese with my family I still tend to think in english
    Can you think in cantonese when thinking on your own?
 
 
 
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