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    (Original post by yudothis)
    I suppose by now English is my main language and German my mother tongue. I think mostly in English, but I have no problem thinking in German.

    Depends on topic I guess.

    ps btw, I would urge everyone to make sure their kid grows up bilingual. So marry someone with a different mother tongue :P
    Did you learn both languages at a relatively young age? Does that mean you think in English and German?
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    (Original post by fat_pam)
    Did you learn both languages at a relatively young age? Does that mean you think in English and German?
    I started learning English when I was 9, so I suppose it was still young.

    Yes.
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    So you prefer to think in English?
    I do both. The only time I prefer English is when I'm studying.
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    I'm bilingual but speak a little of a third language too. I think in English nearly 100% of the time but sometimes I can think in arabic (e.g. if im speaking to someone in arabic) and spanish as well
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    I speak Cantonese, English, Mandarin and I am almost fluent in French.
    When I am doing maths, I think in Cantonese because the ways we say those numbers are so much quicker than those in English.
    I've never had to think in Mandarin because I never had to.
    And I think in English everyday, even dream in English.
    After having learnt French for two years with so much effort I manage to think in French without hesitating, although sometimes I still make grammar mistakes, but it's still great.
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    I speak three languages fluently and three more to a solid intermediate/advanced level (and a dead language if that counts, but I can't think in it). I don't know if this is just me being weird, but I can't really control the language I think in and it sort of switches randomly. When I'm with my family it will always be Croatian and with friends it's almost always English, but if I've just been talking, reading or writing in any language and then talk to someone else or do something else in a different one, it takes a little while for my thoughts to switch language and I can't actively switch them. I also have certain languages associated with certain topics; if I'm writing about or discussing philosophy, my default is French or German and I have trouble expressing myself in other languages.
 
 
 
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