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Do people think in different languages?

I know that people talk in different languages.

But do they think in different languages?



Yes, they do. I think it's a sign that you're becoming fluent in a language when you start thinking in that language. No-one has the energy to constantly translate everything they hear or read into their mother tongue in their head, it's when you no longer need to do this, when you hear or read something in another language and simply understand, without needing to translate, that you can consider yourself proficient in that language.


it will be very nice to know more than one language .

Yes, of course. Sometimes I blurt out a phrase in another language and don't realize it for a moment and people are like "what?".


Yes, I think in English, German, Spanish, all [beeeeeep] the time....!!! Ah, actually I think this question is.....stupid.!!!!


Yes, vote me down again, but I have seen this question so many times it is getting to bore me. You think in the language you are speaking at that moment. If I speak Spanish to my ex, the next few minutes I am thinking in Spanish until I speak Dutch then I think in Dutch again. If I am reading an English book I am thinking in English, if I talk to a German customer I think in German. What is so special about that? It completely normal to think in another language then your native. Come on! Sorry if I seem arrogant, but what the.... Sorry again.

poeple think in diffrent traditional and costemors,

if you learn a new language you will not think in diffrent way you stay in the same traditionals



This may seem obvious to you who can speak several languages, but trust me... it's not an obvious thing at all to anyone who has grown up in a linguistically isolated area (ie. where only one language is spoken) or to anyone who simply hasn't had competent language teachers at school. And let's not forget that not everyone has had Internet access during these important learning periods of their life. Consider yourself lucky to have grown up in such a culturally-rich environment that you can take these skills for granted...

Yeah, sorry again.. But @shizenai I cannot imagine that anyone that has, say, B2 level in a language, would, while talking f.e., first go and make a sentence in their native language, and then go back to the foreign language.. If you do that, you would be a novice in that language. That is nothing really bad anyway. We are all here to learn. But, still, in my opinion, it's obvious you only use your 'foreign vocabulary'. I mean, during this mail, this writing at this very moment, there is not a Dutch word in my head. I cannot imagine it any other way, I mean that people do NOT think in another language. But, maybe I am just lucky, like you said. Did not mean to be arrogant, or something.

every one think with his own language


I wonder if any language is involved when people are thinking...  Reflecting on myself, I do not think I am using any language while I am thinking about something in my head.  It may be because I am the person who often takes action before thinking and saying things without thinking (Yes, I know it is a bad habit...).  In fact, what I am doing here is that I am just spitting out what I feel and re-reading and fixing what I wrote.

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