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    Can you think in only your stronger language or can you think in both of them? If it's the latter, can you decide to just switch thinking languages?
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    (Original post by faston2k16)
    Can you think in only your stronger language or can you think in both of them? If it's the latter, can you decide to just switch thinking languages?
    I could think in both I suppose, but I prefer English. I could switch if I wanted to, but I prefer English. I have far too many types of voices/accents that I've grown accustomed to and fond of... and besides, most of my life was spent reading books in English, movies and TV series in English, games in English etc. to the point where it's way too beneficial to stick with this language.
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    There's many previous threads asking the same question, but with lots more answer if you're curious (I find it weord how an identical one is made every week).

    I can think in both language, but chose Emglish since I'm more comfortable with it.
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    There's many previous threads asking the same question, but with lots more answer if you're curious (I find it weord how an identical one is made every week).

    I can think in both language, but chose Emglish since I'm more comfortable with it.
    What languages can you think in?
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    I'm fluent in three languages (Polish, English and Spanish) but I tend to think in the language I used most during my childhood (English) since I went to a British school in Spain, my closest friends were from England and it's the language I'm most comfortable with. But still, it depends on the situation, like around my family I think either in Polish or English meanwhile around Spanish friends I think in Spanish.
    So basically I don't tend to suddenly decide that in a certain moment i'll think in a certain language because it happens automatically depending on my surroundings.
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    (Original post by Gabriela.K)
    I'm fluent in three languages (Polish, English and Spanish) but I tend to think in the language I used most during my childhood (English) since I went to a British school in Spain, my closest friends were from England and it's the language I'm most comfortable with. But still, it depends on the situation, like around my family I think either in Polish or English meanwhile around Spanish friends I think in Spanish.
    So basically I don't tend to suddenly decide that in a certain moment i'll think in a certain language because it happens automatically depending on my surroundings.
    Can you think in any other languages? Or just Polish, Spanish and English?
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    (Original post by rambapa)
    Can you think in any other languages? Or just Polish, Spanish and English?
    Well, I'm not fluent in more than these three languages but when I'm reading or doing French homework I do think a little in French from time to time but I don't think i'd add it to the list of languages I think in on a regular basis.
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    (Original post by Gabriela.K)
    Well, I'm not fluent in more than these three languages but when I'm reading or doing French homework I do think a little in French from time to time but I don't think i'd add it to the list of languages I think in on a regular basis.
    What age did you learn Polish, Spanish and English?
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    It definitely depends on who I'm talking but usually my 'default' language is english
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    (Original post by rambapa)
    What age did you learn Polish, Spanish and English?
    Well my whole family is Polish and I'm from Poland so that's why I'm obviously fluent in it but I moved to Spain when I was 3 (12 years ago) so that´s why I speak Spanish. I learned English when I first came to Spain because my parents sent me to a British school there to which I attended in my pre school and primary years and then after that I changed schools to a bilingual (Spanish/ English) school where I also started learning French (and even Mandarin).
    So basically the languages I'm fluent in are languages that I started learning at such a young age as if they were my own language so I can't even remember learning them, I just know them.
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    (Original post by tgys44)
    It definitely depends on who I'm talking but usually my 'default' language is english
    What languages can you think in?
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    (Original post by Gabriela.K)
    Well my whole family is Polish and I'm from Poland so that's why I'm obviously fluent in it but I moved to Spain when I was 3 (12 years ago) so that´s why I speak Spanish. I learned English when I first came to Spain because my parents sent me to a British school there to which I attended in my pre school and primary years and then after that I changed schools to a bilingual (Spanish/ English) school where I also started learning French (and even Mandarin).
    So basically the languages I'm fluent in are languages that I started learning at such a young age as if they were my own language so I can't even remember learning them, I just know them.
    So in your mind, you can keep switching between Polish, Spanish and English? Right?
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    (Original post by rambapa)
    So in your mind, you can keep switching between Polish, Spanish and English? Right?
    Yeah exactly, when I'm let's say, "involuntarily" thinking in a certain language (like everyone thinks in thier own language) it's automatic depending on my surroundings. But if in a certain moment I want to voluntarily switch the language I'm thinking in for a reason, I have no problem in doing it, it also kind of comes without any special effort, like right now i could think of one sentence and say 1/3 of it in English, 1/3 in Spanish and 1/3 in Polish but it's not something I really do. I don't concentrate on wether I'm using this or that language, it just happens naturally.
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    (Original post by Gabriela.K)
    Yeah exactly, when I'm let's say, "involuntarily" thinking in a certain language (like everyone thinks in thier own language) it's automatic depending on my surroundings. But if in a certain moment I want to voluntarily switch the language I'm thinking in for a reason, I have no problem in doing it, it also kind of comes without any special effort, like right now i could think of one sentence and say 1/3 of it in English, 1/3 in Spanish and 1/3 in Polish but it's not something I really do. I don't concentrate on wether I'm using this or that language, it just happens naturally.
    So you must think in English (your strongest language) 99% of the time, but if you wanted to, you could switch your thinking to Polish or Spanish when you want, right?
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    (Original post by rambapa)
    So you must think in English (your strongest language) 99% of the time, but if you wanted to, you could switch your thinking to Polish or Spanish when you want, right?
    Yeah that´s basically it
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    Once you get to a certain level of competency in a language you think in that language - you have to.

    You're not going to do a translation every time you chat to a Frenchman for example. Anyway translation is more of an art form than a precise science - speakers of different languages have different ways of expressing themselves because of their different culture, past history etc. so some languages have ideas and concepts which just don't exist say in English. You end up writing a little essay to explain if you're not careful!
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    I could think in both I suppose, but I prefer English. I could switch if I wanted to, but I prefer English. I have far too many types of voices/accents that I've grown accustomed to and fond of... and besides, most of my life was spent reading books in English, movies and TV series in English, games in English etc. to the point where it's way too beneficial to stick with this language.
    What do you mean "could think in both", can you explain this further please? Thank you in advance.
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    (Original post by kkboyk)
    There's many previous threads asking the same question, but with lots more answer if you're curious (I find it weord how an identical one is made every week).

    I can think in both language, but chose Emglish since I'm more comfortable with it.
    What is your other language?
 
 
 
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