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Can bilinguals think in both of their languages?

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    Yes. I'm bilingual and I think in both languages.
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    I find that I think in my first language when I'm anxious or angry. I think in English most of the time though.
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    (Original post by jeannxtte)
    I find that I think in my first language when I'm anxious or angry. I think in English most of the time though.
    1) Can you think in English?

    2) What is your first language? Can you think in it?

    3) What age did you learn both languages?

    4) Can you think in any other language?
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    (Original post by Sisuphos)
    Yes. I'm bilingual and I think in both languages.


    1) What languages do you speak? Can you think in them?

    2) What age did you learn both languages?

    3) Can you think in any other language?
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    My native language is Dutch, but I prefer English, and almost always think in English. It depends a little on what language I hear/speak/read the most - after a few months in the UK, my thoughts were 100% in English, and if I had to write/speak in Dutch I would translate it from English first. When I went back to the Netherlands I slowly became used to it again. I guess I think in Dutch when I talk to Dutch people, but I might throw in an English word now and then. Otherwise I think in English unless some Dutch expression fits well, then I might switch languages in the middle of a sentence. It's all a bit confusing

    Short anwer: I can think in both languages, but only think in my native language if it is convenient.
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    I'm trilingual: Icelandic as my first language, English and then Spanish, but mostly I tend to think in English because I am around English people. If I go back to Iceland for more than a few weeks, I start to think in Icelandic. I usually don't think in Spanish except if I am actively practising. But I also dream in all three which can make for some very entertaining dreams
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    (Original post by Aurora_Boreal1s)
    I'm trilingual: Icelandic as my first language, English and then Spanish, but mostly I tend to think in English because I am around English people. If I go back to Iceland for more than a few weeks, I start to think in Icelandic. I usually don't think in Spanish except if I am actively practising. But I also dream in all three which can make for some very entertaining dreams
    1) Can you think in English?

    2) Can you think in Icelandic?

    3) Can you think in Spanish?

    3) What age did you learn all languages?

    4) Can you think in any other language?
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    I don't usually, no.
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    (Original post by Elinen)
    My native language is Dutch, but I prefer English, and almost always think in English. It depends a little on what language I hear/speak/read the most - after a few months in the UK, my thoughts were 100% in English, and if I had to write/speak in Dutch I would translate it from English first. When I went back to the Netherlands I slowly became used to it again. I guess I think in Dutch when I talk to Dutch people, but I might throw in an English word now and then. Otherwise I think in English unless some Dutch expression fits well, then I might switch languages in the middle of a sentence. It's all a bit confusing

    Short anwer: I can think in both languages, but only think in my native language if it is convenient.
    1) Can you think in English?

    2) Can you think in Dutch?

    3) What age did you learn both languages?

    4) Can you think in any other language?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    So here is my question....

    If you speak only english, you will think in english. If you speak only spanish, you will think in spanish. If you speak spanish and english fluently, say being bilingual from birth, can you think in both languages?
    Yeah I think in both languages, it just depends on which language I am currently using.. if I am in the UK and speak English every day then I think in English, if I am in my home country and speak my other language I think in that language, my dreams are in both languages.
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    (Original post by lolakirk)
    Yeah I think in both languages, it just depends on which language I am currently using.. if I am in the UK and speak English every day then I think in English, if I am in my home country and speak my other language I think in that language, my dreams are in both languages.
    What about when thinking on your own? Can you choose the language?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    What about when thinking on your own? Can you choose the language?
    As I said, when I am in England I think mostly in English because that's what I am used to right now because I speak English to everybody so I stay in 'English mode' even when I speak to myself, but if I think about someone / something that relates to my home country, I think about it in that language.
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    (Original post by lolakirk)
    As I said, when I am in England I think mostly in English because that's what I am used to right now because I speak English to everybody so I stay in 'English mode' even when I speak to myself, but if I think about someone / something that relates to my home country, I think about it in that language.
    So how many languages can you think in?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    What languages can you think in?
    Urdu/Hindi and English.
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    I can think and speak in English and Welsh
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    (Original post by Jayce.x)
    Urdu/Hindi and English.
    I thought Urdu and Hindi were 2 different languages?
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    (Original post by Miracle Day)
    I can think and speak in English and Welsh
    1) Can you think in English?

    2) Can you think in Welsh?

    3) What age did you learn both languages?

    4) Can you think in any other language?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    Why do you think you think mainly in English? What is it like thinking in Cantonese? Is thinking in Cantonese slower for you? Can you think in any other language?
    The reason why I mainly think in english is because I speak it more than Cantonese. Also when I do my school/college work it just makes more sense that way.

    When I think in Cantonese it can be slightly "slower" but that's because I'm not used to it.

    I can speak a bit of French but I don't think in it.
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    I thought Urdu and Hindi were 2 different languages?
    They have different writing systems but informal Urdu and Hindi are spoken very very similarly! If you aren't a native speaker or haven't spoken the language for a long time, you probably won't even be able to tell the difference if you hear two people speaking in Urdu/Hindi. Do I make any sense at all?
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    (Original post by fg45344)
    I thought Urdu and Hindi were 2 different languages?
    They are, but as Jayce.x said, the informal/colloquial versions of the two are quite similar when spoken.

    Whilst both are derived from a mixture of Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian, the influence of Arabic and Persian on standardised Urdu is greater whereas standardised Hindi has a heavier Sanskrit influence.


    And the scripts that they're written in are also VERY different.
    E.g in the pic below, Urdu is written at the top and Hindi is in the middle
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