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translate randomly from english to another language in your head? say, a script when you're watching a film in english?

when alone, realise your mind is thinking about how you would talk to other people in foreign languages?

talk to yourself in other languages (by accident)?

read things in a foreign language and think about how to say it in another?

make notes using foreign words because they sometimes come to mind quicker?

...or anything else strange?

weird, i know. i am curious. :p:
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I'm not a linguist, but I translate stuff into French everyday.
I say sentences and wonder how to say them in French, and talk to mysrlf iFrench when no one's around all the time. I even make up conversations in French.
But my French is quite poor so I know that I'm often wrong. Ah well, I'll be fluent one day hopefully.
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oh good, i'm not alone :P
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Haha yes a linguist...but I don't know. Not really because not all linguists are good at both languages equal amounts if you get me? So if I watch something in English, I don't usually try and translate.

I do sometimes think in Chinese but I think that's only when what I'm thinking can't really be said using the English language....the rest of the time...er I don't even know whether I THINK in a LANGUAGE...more like pictures? :s

But it's fun to be able to switch back and forth between languages and you'll find a lot of linguists speak a mixture of their language at some point, replacing words in English with words with the other language because it's simply easier. Not all languages have the same effective words!
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Don't worry, you're deffo not alone.

Je ne pense pas que tu etes seulement.

Hehe I think that's wrong
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(Original post by Bubbles*de*Milo)
Don't worry, you're deffo not alone.

Je ne pense pas que tu etes seulement.

Hehe I think that's wrong
'etes' is the vous conjugation of etre.
'es' is the 'tu' conjugation

And in answer to the actual thread, yes I do it quite often and in German more than French because I find it easier.
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I ALWAYS make up imaginary conversations in my head in either French or German, usually French, then I'll realise I don't know a word and WordReference is up straight away... haha I'm so glad I'm not alone!
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While I was doing French for GCSE I translated a lot in my head. It was probably all wrong though because I ended up getting a B.
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Haha yep I do all those! lol

think of conversations in my head....and just use random foreign words in normal conversation quite a lot! my family get kinda annoyed sometimes!
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(Original post by OllyThePhilosopher)
While I was doing French for GCSE I translated a lot in my head. It was probably all wrong though because I ended up getting a B.
OMFG YOU ENDED UP WITH A B!?!?! :eek: Did you get grounded by your parents?
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(Original post by Bubbles*de*Milo)
Don't worry, you're deffo not alone.

Je ne pense pas que tu etes seulement.

Hehe I think that's wrong
I think it would be the subjunctive as well! So... Je ne pense pas que tu sois seulement...

But i duno! I'm probs wrong!

But in relation to the opening questions, ya i do sometimes try to translate just random things i see into either french or spanish, and sometimes when i see things on tv etc i'll try and think of how to phrase them in another lang.
So nopes you're defo not alone!
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(Original post by Fetai)
OMFG YOU ENDED UP WITH A B!?!?! :eek: Did you get grounded by your parents?
Yes.
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(Original post by C.o.o.k.i.e)
I think it would be the subjunctive as well! So... Je ne pense pas que tu sois seulement...

But i duno! I'm probs wrong!
Yep, pretty sure it should be subjunctive too! je pense que wouldn't be, but adding the ne...pas will make it subjunctive! well noticed! lol
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(Original post by C.o.o.k.i.e)
I think it would be the subjunctive as well! So... Je ne pense pas que tu sois seulement...

But i duno! I'm probs wrong!
It would be Je ne pense pas que tu sois seul(e)
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All right, I'm going to sound so sad, but... I think in English most of the times (my native language is French). I mean, ALL the time. I often swear in English when I drop stuff. And it's been getting worse since I've moved back to France after spending two years in the UK/ I miss speaking English so much...

(it's 'Je ne pense pas que tu sois seule dans cette situation', by the way )
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Je suis desolee mais Je ne suis pas tres bien en Francais
Je voudrais etre, mais maintenant...Je ne suis pas!

Pfff, correct that if you will.
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As a linguist... YES! All the time! A lot of the times I do it by accident but it's just a habit I've done since I can remember.
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Yes, a lot. In French mostly, but I amuse myself with a bit of Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Old English. All rather terribly but I do want to get pretty much fluent in French by the end of my degree. Going to need to work very hard!!
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Last night I had a dream in Italian and when I saw my auntie I spoke to her in Spanish, then I was in a Chinese shop looking for some herbs for her, and I spoke to the lady in Chinese! it's the first time I actully realize in which language I dream!
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I'm struggling with English at the moment. There are so many times where I just can't find the English word so I use the German...ends up some crazy denglish mix...not good for when I actually return to England and have to speak my native tongue :p:
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