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    So if someone was bilingual in English and Spanish, with English being the stronger language, could they think in Spanish as well?
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    ur the OP from threads like these: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4197989 aren't you.
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    (Original post by Inexorably)
    ur the OP from threads like these: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4197989 aren't you.
    No?
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    Yes but it will be harder obviously if they're things you want to say but don't know the word for in your other language you'll probably just convert to your dominant one.
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    (Original post by ScienceFantatic)
    Yes but it will be harder obviously if they're things you want to say but don't know the word for in your other language you'll probably just convert to your dominant one.
    So these bilinguals can think in 2 languages?
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    I can't think in Welsh.
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    My native language is Urdu, but I always think in English (which is my second language). However, I don't think English is my 'weaker' language. I grew up reading English-language books, watching English movies and TV shows, studying in an English-language school, etc., so I think my English might actually be better than my Urdu at this point!

    I also speak two other languages at an intermediate level but I can't think in them (unless I really force myself to). So I'm guessing you need to have a certain level of fluency in a language in order to be able to think in it.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    I can't think in Welsh.
    You can or you can't?
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    (Original post by twz)
    No?
    I'm fairly sure you are based on the style of your posts. Why do you feel the need to make so many threads/even accounts about this?
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    (Original post by Inexorably)
    I'm fairly sure you are based on the style of your posts. Why do you feel the need to make so many threads/even accounts about this?
    I see, I was reading one of his threads before.
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    (Original post by 5audade)
    My native language is Urdu, but I always think in English (which is my second language). However, I don't think English is my 'weaker' language. I grew up reading English-language books, watching English movies and TV shows, studying in an English-language school, etc., so I think my English might actually be better than my Urdu at this point!

    I also speak two other languages at an intermediate level but I can't think in them (unless I really force myself to). So I'm guessing you need to have a certain level of fluency in a language in order to be able to think in it.
    Can you think in Urdu?
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    I don't think you think in any language, but I can certainly have an internal monologue in either English or French so I would consider myself bilingual.
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    (Original post by scrotgrot)
    I don't think you think in any language, but I can certainly have an internal monologue in either English or French so I would consider myself bilingual.
    So you can think in 2 languages?
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    I did Spanish a level, I can think in Spanish but just like my Spanish is not perfect neither are my thoughts. It's a lot easier to think in English though
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    (Original post by Inexorably)
    I'm fairly sure you are based on the style of your posts. Why do you feel the need to make so many threads/even accounts about this?
    Why does it matter? It's a question and the user doesn't need to hounded for asking one (or several).
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    (Original post by twz)
    So if someone was bilingual in English and Spanish, with English being the stronger language, could they think in Spanish as well?
    Yes. It is possible but it'll be a little more difficult, especially if it isn't their mother language.
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    (Original post by 1010marina)
    I did Spanish a level, I can think in Spanish but just like my Spanish is not perfect neither are my thoughts. It's a lot easier to think in English though
    But thinking in spanish would be difficult, given you studied spanish at an older age?
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    I speak 3 langauges and I mainly think in english because it is the one I speak in the most.
 
 
 
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