What language do you think in if you are bilingual?

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Mareghand
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If you speak only english, you think in english.
If you speak only spanish, you think in spanish.

But what if you speak multiple languages. What language do you think in?

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I can speak French,English and Lebanese,but i think in French as it's my first language. You'd think in your 1st language because it's more natural to you
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(Original post by itsRochana)
I can speak French,English and Lebanese,but i think in French as it's my first language. You'd think in your 1st language because it's more natural to you

I always felt people thought in their dominant language. Like most of the bilinguals I know are kind of 1.5 linguals, they have their main language (from school) and a separate home language in which they can only count to 12.
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(Original post by Mareghand)
I always felt people thought in their dominant language. Like most of the bilinguals I know are kind of 1.5 linguals, they have their main language (from school) and a separate home language in which they can only count to 12.
Ahh,i assumed a First language is one you'd be most fluent in. Yh i agree,dominant language
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(Original post by itsRochana)
Ahh,i assumed a First language is one you'd be most fluent in. Yh i agree,dominant language

I'm pretty much like that, a 1.5 lingual. I would be really interested to here from true bilinguals, say kids who did bilingual education. They would learn maths in primary school in french and in english etc.
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I think in English because its my first language. I never think in Urdu.

I have some strange days where I'll try and think and Arabic just so I can check up on how my Arabic is because I don't speak it at all normally
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(Original post by Mareghand)
I'm pretty much like that, a 1.5 lingual. I would be really interested to here from true bilinguals, say kids who did bilingual education. They would learn maths in primary school in french and in english etc.
I'm in bilingual education,taught in both French and English like the example you used haha,but where i live(Ivory Coast) French is the national language,and i speak it at home. It depends where they live i suppose
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I have always that about this question, but I never wanted to ask it because it seemed dumb. Thank you!
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(Original post by itsRochana)
I'm in bilingual education,taught in both French and English like the example you used haha,but where i live(Ivory Coast) French is the national language,and i speak it at home. It depends where they live i suppose

What are the chances of that, haha!! How does your system work? Is it science subjects taught in english and humanties taught in french? Or are they running a dual english french system for everything.
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This is gonna sound stupid but I think that we all think in a universal language. I speak english and Slovak and a bit of some other languages on the side but I think in a kind of universal language... One of pictures and emotions... (Promise I haven't smoked anything).

Either that or I have a real 50/50 split of both languages
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Bilingual people can, I believe, think in both languages. In my case I can think in English and, to a degree, Esperanto.
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I used to think in my first language but I speak English pretty much everyday that I start to think in English and I have been dreaming in English lately. And I start to forget words in my first language and I have to ask my parents :/
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I also speak 2 languages at the level of native speakers - English and Chinese.

I think in English when I am mostly speaking English (in Canada), and Chinese when I am mostly speaking Chinese (in Taiwan).

It's interesting that my Chinese becomes a lot less natural when I think in English, and vice versa. But it takes my brain a little while to adjust to thinking in another language, so I can't just switch every minute.
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(Original post by Mareghand)
If you speak only english, you think in english.
If you speak only spanish, you think in spanish.

But what if you speak multiple languages. What language do you think in?
I'm learning German, so I try to think in German almost daily to try and improve my language skills
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I think in English naturally, but will sometimes make myself think in other languages just to make sure that I still can.
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(Original post by miser)
Bilingual people can, I believe, think in both languages. In my case I can think in English and, to a degree, Esperanto.

They can think in both, but you have a preference. I want to know why you have that preference for one language over the other and how that preference changes.
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Both tbh. Although the more years I spend in the UK, the more I don't think or even dream in tagalog

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What Delenelie said. Have spoken Enlish and Spanish fluently all of my life, and it is generally context dependent. If someone is speaking to you in a particular language, you generally end up thinking in that language as its less effort, though its an unconscious switch most of the time. Likewise with dreams, I have dreams where I talk to people in different languages, depending on what language I would speak to them in real life. My favourite people to speak to are my siblings though. I generally speak to them in Spanish, but being able to insert english words/phrases that have the particular nuance you want when you're talking, without having to stop and think of the equivalent word in spanish is quite restful.
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I speak Dutch, Somali and English. It depends on who I am around with. If I am around family I tend to think in Somali or Dutch. If I am around my friends I tend to think in English as we tend to speak in English. So all in all it depends on what language I am speaking at the time.
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Is it weird that I actually don't know what language I think in?
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