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Bárbara 益バルバラ
Do you often think in the foreign languages you're currently learning when zoning out?

Hi everybody!

I'm asking that question because I use to think in English quite very often, mostly when reading or during an English class, but I've realized I started to do that without noticing while I'm zoning out too, lol! Even when I'm at work, with my co-workers beside me talking in Portuguese, sometimes I realize I was just thinking in English and it's so weird...

When I think and talk to myself inside of my head my English is flawless and I have no accent at all, unfortunately that's just the opposite of reality, though...

However, I think that daydreaming in other languages that aren't our mother tongues might help us improve our speaking skills when we face a real situation. In fact, training some kinds of vocabulary before I need to say them out loud helps me to remember them eventually. Specially when I'm having a smalll talk with a native speaker and feel nervous, I think it's harder to forget something if I already thought about that main issue before.

What do you think about it? Do you zone out in other tongues too? And do you think it's useful in real life situations?

Best regards!

*Feel free to correct me, I'd appreciate it.

Jul 16, 2016 2:48 AM
Comments · 4
I think it useful. 

For example I need say some phrases in my head with new word. But when I'm alone I say it out loud. because voice in head and real voice aren't the same.
Also I make up new phrases for different situations (for example "in shop" or "how ask a way? and how answer it?"). In my city there is many tourists but they ask me a way hardly ever. :)

But I think real dialogue is better.
July 16, 2016
Well, a few months ago I realized I use English when in my dreams, and I think in English more often than Chinese now
July 16, 2016

I tried to think, consider things in English which can help me a lot in English learning and sometimes it is necessary to tune out after you go through a long time learning.

July 16, 2016
I use to dream in foreign languages too, specially in English now, but previously it used to be Japanese, since I lived in Japan and used to talk with natives at work through the whole day. Sometimes I had woke up in the morning with the phone ringing and answered it using Japanese instead of Portuguese, lol!
July 16, 2016
Bárbara 益バルバラ
Language Skills
English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Learning Language
English, Japanese