Today I was talking to some friends and as usual we ended up talking about languages. My friend, who is American, asked me and an Austrian girl why we kept counting in our mother tongue though we have been living in London for a while and our English is quite good. We didn’t really know what to respond, though we said that it was probably because counting is one of the first things you learn as a child.
This conversation made me think about dreams and the language I hear and speak when dreaming. And I suddenly realised that up until recently, I only dreamed in French, no matter who I spoke to. Even if the person I spoke to couldn’t speak a word of French, they would always do in my dreams.
For the past few months though, the language I speak has changed depending on the context and who I speak to. If I speak to someone I speak English with in real life, I would speak English with that person in my dream. Likewise, if that person was a French speaker, they would also speak French in my sleep. I even surprised myself speaking Arabic when addressing to my Syrian friends!
I am not entirely sure what it means though. Does it mean we can only dream in a language we can actually speak fluently? Looking for the answer right now.
And you, in what language do you dream? ;-)
Bye for now,