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....and english monolinguals think in english, how do english-french bilinguals think?
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depends on their original native language, but true bilinguals with excellent proficiency would think in both
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Depends what language was needed in the situation, I suppose.
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....and english monolinguals think in english, how do english-french bilinguals think?
With their brain!

I switch, depending upon where, and how immersed, I am. I find it easier to switch the language that I'm thinking in, than to translate.
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depends on their original native language, but true bilinguals with excellent proficiency would think in both
What do you mean by "both"?
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With their brain!

I switch, depending upon where, and how immersed, I am. I find it easier to switch the language that I'm thinking in, than to translate.
So you think in a mixed language? Like frenglish?
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So you think in a mixed language? Like frenglish?
No, I think in one or the other. If I'm in France and talking French, I'll think in French. In the US and UK, it'll be English.
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....and english monolinguals think in english, how do english-french bilinguals think?
I’m bilingual (English and Arabic) and I usually think in a mixture of both. Sometimes just English and sometimes just Arabic.
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I’m bilingual (English and Arabic) and I usually think in a mixture of both. Sometimes just English and sometimes just Arabic.
Which is your better language?
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I’m bilingual (English and Arabic) and I usually think in a mixture of both. Sometimes just English and sometimes just Arabic.
So you think in Arabglish?
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So you think in Arabglish?
Yes, we call it arabeezee here (English is “engleezee” in Arabic).

And I’m better at English, especially in the academic side of things. But I’m used to speaking in “arabeezee” with my friends.

Commonly speaking in an amalgamation of the two is an epidemic here for certain people :lol:
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Yes, we call it arabeezee here (English is “engleezee” in Arabic).

And I’m better at English, especially in the academic side of things. But I’m used to speaking in “arabeezee” with my friends.

Commonly speaking in an amalgamation of the two is an epidemic here for certain people :lol:
So doesn't that mean you think in English and Arabic?
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So doesn't that mean you think in English and Arabic?
Yes
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Yes
What is your default thinking language?
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What is your default thinking language?
Honestly, I have no clue. I will pay attention today and report back
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Honestly, I have no clue. I will pay attention today and report back
Wouldn't it be your better language, English?
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Wouldn't it be your better language, English?


Not really.

Ok, I thought about it:

If you take each language individually, it’d be English. But usually when I speak to my friends we speak in a mixture of both; weirdly without being conscious about it.

Honestly, to answer your OP, which probably seeks to know how bilinguals think in general, I think it varies. It depends on which language they usually speak and whether it’s a mixture of both.

Sometimes I catch myself thinking in Arabic, sometimes English and sometimes both. There’s really no definitive answer.

I think it also depends on who the person has been mostly speaking to atm. Right now since most of my friends have already traveled for uni, I’m sitting with my fam a lot and they speak predominantly in Arabic, so I’m thinking in Arabic more often.

I speak with some of my friends mostly in English, so at that time I think I’d be more inclined to unconsciously think in English.


Also depends on the topic of thought.

My head for some reason hurts trying to catch each unconscious thought and seeing which language I just thought in :lol:
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Not really.

Ok, I thought about it:

If you take each language individually, it’d be English. But usually when I speak to my friends we speak in a mixture of both; weirdly without being conscious about it.

Honestly, to answer your OP, which probably seeks to know how bilinguals think in general, I think it varies. It depends on which language they usually speak and whether it’s a mixture of both.

Sometimes I catch myself thinking in Arabic, sometimes English and sometimes both. There’s really no definitive answer.

I think it also depends on who the person has been mostly speaking to atm. Right now since most of my friends have already traveled for uni, I’m sitting with my fam a lot and they speak predominantly in Arabic, so I’m thinking in Arabic more often.

I speak with some of my friends mostly in English, so at that time I think I’d be more inclined to unconsciously think in English.


Also depends on the topic of thought.

My head for some reason hurts trying to catch each unconscious thought and seeing which language I just thought in :lol:
So how many languages can you think in altogether?
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