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    Question Question for multilinguals: What is your brain's language?

    For those who speak two or more languages interchangeably (e.g., Spanish at home, English at work) — or who grew up speaking one tongue and later started speaking another as their primary language — what language do you think in?
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    That's a good question. I don't necessarily think in words, I use both movie like thinking (visual) and inner-Dialogue. I do visual-think in creative writing like poetry to translate the incoming images and ideas into words, (the exaggeration of the description is where lies the poetry), when I try to understand something or in anticipation of future actions.
    When I simulate a dialogue it depends on my imaginary interlocutor's tongue. When I don't simulate a dialogue i.e. if I'm about to say or write something without any creative intention, I obviously think in the language that I'm about to speak or write. It's almost in real time, like I'm doing right now as I'm typing this text.

    Now, I have three major languages in which I'm fluent and a few others in which I'm meh. The native tongue will almost always have the upper hand in general but in my case it's a bit less obvious. I would say nonetheless that French (my Native tongue) is my main.
    I kinda studied stuff like linguistics, root words and syntaxes etc..on my own. That kind of stuff interested me. I also have a very good ear (not perfect pitch but a good relative one) so reproducing the mouth sounds is not difficult for me. I also studied stuff like this.
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    Proto-Adamic
    HAMLET I will speak to this fellow.—
    Whose grave’s this, sirrah?

    GRAVEDIGGER Mine, sir.
    O, a pit of clay for to be made
    For such a guest is meet.

    HAMLET I think it be thine indeed, for thou liest in ’t.

    GRAVEDIGGER You lie out on ’t, sir, and therefore ’tis
    not yours. For my part, I do not lie in ’t, yet it is
    mine.

    HAMLET Thou dost lie in ’t, to be in ’t and say it is thine.
    ’Tis for the dead, not for the quick; therefore thou
    liest.

    GRAVEDIGGER ’Tis a quick lie, sir; ’twill away again
    from me to you.

    HAMLET What man dost thou dig it for?

    GRAVEDIGGER For no man, sir.

    HAMLET What woman then?

    GRAVEDIGGER For none, neither.

    HAMLET Who is to be buried in ’t?

    GRAVEDIGGER One that was a woman, sir, but, rest
    her soul, she’s dead.



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    When I think in words, the second one, which is english.
    It's a matter that I have to think in words to write but not to talk.
    Talking can be extracted more easily from the abstract mess my thoughts are, I still need to think it into words but I don't have to do it each time as for writing.

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    I do not quite fit in that definition. However my vocabulary has blindspots in all the languages I have used because the terminology I have used for just intrapersonal communication is not that important or it is autoselected in case I need it. I think this is universal. For instance the subject I studied at uni seriously lacks material written in depth in my mother tongue.
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    When doing tarot - English always, using my mother tongue feels so weird
    I daydream of real life events sometimes - mostly mother tongue
    Dreams - mostly mother tongue unless I dream of something foreign-related
    Work-related stuff - environment makes me talk to foreigners so mostly English
    Introspecting about myself - English

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