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Sarah
Meditation in a foreign language. Is it easy for you? By "meditation" I mean deep thinking after reading a book or something like that. For example, when we discuss some chapter of "War and Peace" L.Tolstoy or some other, and thinking of what a personality this or that character has, why this quality of personality reminds you the writer or how would you describe that or this. For me it is very difficult "to meditate" using foreign language. I have to decide and understand for myself first and then formulate my thoughts in target language. 


What do you think? Is there any difference between thinking and "meditating" in this sense of word? How long does it take for a learner to be able to do this?
Apr 6, 2019 2:48 PM
Comments · 6

I  think what you are really talking about is what I would term "reflection".  Meditation is a suitable word, but has become blurred with the common western meaning of attempting to obtain a trance-like state.

I believe that after many years, I am able to reflect in other languages that I read; particularly Spanish.  When you start to think and even dream in another language, you can reflect in it.

April 6, 2019
It depends on your level, I guess. Intermediate learners may have problems, for advanced students it's easier, just like with any other aspect of living/looking at things through the lens of a different language.
April 6, 2019
Im my opinion, meditation is when we "do nothing", "think nothing" and "making nothing" for a while and so our mind relax... but a little moment quiet after you learn something it's very important to consolidate the knowledge.
April 6, 2019
For me meditating is the separation of the thinking. And get in touch with the feeling. 
April 6, 2019
I think one meaning of meditation is to have a conversation with yourself, so in that sense if you have a certain level in your second language, it must no be very difficult. In any case you only need time to achieve that level.
April 6, 2019
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Sarah
Language Skills
Bulgarian, English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian
Learning Language
Norwegian