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    I think in English pretty much all the time but I find that it's usually when I'm upset that I think in Punjabi or when I'm with my family I think in Punjabi. I find it a more expressive language whereas English seems very black and white to me in terms of expressing emotion.
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    (Original post by cupcakes87)
    I think in English pretty much all the time but I find that it's usually when I'm upset that I think in Punjabi or when I'm with my family I think in Punjabi. I find it a more expressive language whereas English seems very black and white to me in terms of expressing emotion.
    Can you think in Punjabi? What age did you learn Punjabi and English?
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    I don't have a totally coherent train of thought, but to answer your question I probably mostly think in English, and only think in Estonian (1st language alongside English) if the situation calls for it. For example, if I spend a long time in Estonian, I start to think in Estonian again.
    I mostly think in English though, since I live in England and I'm rarely presented with the opportunity to speak Estonian.
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    (Original post by Mikos)
    I don't have a totally coherent train of thought, but to answer your question I probably mostly think in English, and only think in Estonian (1st language alongside English) if the situation calls for it. For example, if I spend a long time in Estonian, I start to think in Estonian again.
    I mostly think in English though, since I live in England and I'm rarely presented with the opportunity to speak Estonian.
    What age did you learn English and Estonian? Can you think in Estonian?
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    In English because that's the language I use most often, although it is my 2nd language. Since I speak it so often I often feel I'm stronger at it and losing touch with my native language.
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    I'm bilingual (English and Polish)
    I always think in English, even if I'm speaking Polish. Polish is my weaker language though.
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    What age did you learn English and Estonian? Can you think in Estonian?
    I was taught both as a first language, if that makes sense. Like you probably learned English as a baby, that was the same for me with both.
    Yes, I can "think" in Estonian but not as often as I think in English, but I don't think people have a coherent train of thought and perceive things with fully structured sentences. I think people just perceive and that's it for the most part.
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    (Original post by MilenaW)
    I'm bilingual (English and Polish)
    I always think in English, even if I'm speaking Polish. Polish is my weaker language though.
    What age did you learn English and Polish?

    Can you think in Polish?
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    (Original post by BookBird)
    In English because that's the language I use most often, although it is my 2nd language. Since I speak it so often I often feel I'm stronger at it and losing touch with my native language.
    What is your native language? Can you think in your native language?
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    I'm almost trilingual (I speak English, Polish and German though my Deutsch still needs improvement). Even though I was born to Polish parents and I am living in Poland and attending high school here, I always think in English. Despite using Polish on a daily basis at home and at school, I am completely disconnected from the language and the culture.
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    (Original post by Wienerwald)
    I'm almost trilingual (I speak English, Polish and German though my Deutsch still needs improvement). Even though I was born to Polish parents and I am living in Poland and attending high school here, I always think in English. Despite using Polish on a daily basis at home and at school, I am completely disconnected from the language and the culture.
    Can you think in Polish?
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    (Original post by fat_pam)
    Can you think in Polish?
    Yes, although I have to force it.
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    (Original post by Wienerwald)
    Yes, although I have to force it.
    So how many languages can you think in altogether?
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    (Original post by fat_pam)
    So how many languages can you think in altogether?
    Three.
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    (Original post by Wienerwald)
    Three.
    Tell me, what age did you learn those 3 languages?
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    I speak English (my native ) German Japanese and Mandarin to varying abilites i am fluent in german and japanese and am still learning mandarin so as a trilingual i guess it still applies I think in my native tongue but I can think in German especially when trying to decipher German seeing as I am out of practice with my German. In my experience thinking in your native or most used language occurs without thinking but thinking another language requires effort Hope that helps
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    (Original post by fat_pam)
    Tell me, what age did you learn those 3 languages?
    I'm guessing that you want me to tell you when I started learning them.
    Polish - at the age of 0, German - around 8, English - around 6. I'm 16 years old now.
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    (Original post by fat_pam)
    What is your native language? Can you think in your native language?
    Kiswahili. I can, I just don't often.
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    (Original post by BookBird)
    Kiswahili. I can, I just don't often.
    What age did you learn both languages? How many languages can you think in altogether?
 
 
 
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