Jafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
I have never had an answer to this one, do you always think in your mother-tongue or do you use other languages? Do you think in a different language if you are temporarily in another country and speaking that langauge?
If speaking fluent French when your first langauge is (for example) English, do you "process" what you want to say in English or are you so totally in the zone that it is spontaneous?
That is me. When I speak at work I just think in Japanese. But when I work with my partners in Quebec, I think in French. But when I am home, I think in English (mother tongue). Dreams are in all three languages.
When I was in High school and College and my Chinese was still being used extensively. Commonly I thought in Chinese as well.
On really good days I can do translations between Japanese and French without going to English. It is hard to keep my brain straight most of the time but I would say that I am very used to it.
Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
Jasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2681 times:
If speaking in Engligh, I think in English.
If speaking in French, I think (mostly) in French.
If speaking in Gujarati, I think in Gujarati.
If speaking in Marathi, I think (mostly) in Marathi.
If attempting (and usually failing) to speak in Hindi, I think in English/Gujarati.
Jafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2633 times:
Quoting Doona (Reply 10): it's in a different accent when I speak. I have no idea why.
I know what you mean, at certain times I think in a Northern English accent (usually when under stress and usually on a rock-climb or up a mountain) which is odd as I was born on the east coast and assimilated a London accent during the 15 years I lived there.
The answers to this thread have been more diverse and interesting than I'd hoped, some of you have got some strange wiring going on in there!!
Airdolomiti From Germany, joined May 2003, 698 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2632 times:
I'd say it's 50% Italian (mothertongue) and 50% English. Even though I do not live in an English-speaking environment (nor is anyone in my immediate family a native English speaker), I very often find myself thinking in that language. I guess I just really like it. Like Gastón, sometimes I think in English while speaking Italian, and at times I also forget some Italian expressions while knowing exactly what I would say if I were speaking English in the same situation. Weird, huh?
Curiously enough, despite German being my other mothertongue, I only think in it when I am speaking German with my mom or while travelling in Germany.
I never think in Italian when speaking languages I'm fluent/reasonably fluent in (German, English or French).
HKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2605 times:
Quoting Jafa39 (Thread starter): do you always think in your mother-tongue or do you use other languages?
As a native speaker of Chinese and English (Or'strayan) as my second language ... I find I think in both languages, and I don't have to mentally switch over, just happens automatically ...
And yes I do curse in both languages equally well ...
I also use both languages together quite often, been known to read a Chinese newspaper and be singing along to an English song ...
Quoting Jafa39 (Thread starter): Do you think in a different language if you are temporarily in another country and speaking that langauge?
When I was in Hong Kong I still thought in English rather often, even though I went for days without actually speaking a single sentence of it ... same as overseas, I still thought in Chinese even though it was a week since I had spoken to anyone in Chinese ...
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2598 times:
Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 15): and apparently a 4th uncomprehendable alien-like language too! Spooky
Yeah, me too! According to my partner. I asked her to tape such a moment, but she hasn't done that yet...
Anyway, I'd say now most of the time I think in English, but change to Dutch automatically whenever needed. I'm working on my Thai, but that might take another year or two, three... During my almost three years in Spain I thought in Spanish most of the times. So I guess I adapt to the conditions of where I am.
Salso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2561 times:
I was born in Germany, but have lived in Slovenia for 17 years now. However, when I'm thinking about something, I usually do it in German, which I have not managed to get rid of in 17 years speaking Slovenian mostly (at least in my everyday live).
Now, I study English and spend a lot of time in Canada, the States or UK and very often my thoughts briefly switch into English. So I think in a rather bizarre mixture of three languages.
Corey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2538 times:
A related question... How do deaf people think? When thinking, you can essentially "hear" yourself in your mind. For people that cannot hear, what sensations do they experience? I assume the answer would vary to those who were born deaf vs. those who became deaf at some later point.
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3029 posts, RR: 45
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2534 times:
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When I speak Italian, I think in Italian.
When I speak German, I think in German.
When I speak English, I (mostly) think in English, sometimes in Italian.
When I speak French, I think in ... Italian only
I guess it depends on how well I speak the foreign language.
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