https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HexManiacSarina

Dreaming in your target language.

When I was taking Japanese university classes, the professor, who had been learning Japanese for more than ten years, said that her own professors said that once you start dreaming in your target language, it means you're really soaking up the language. But, she'd never had dreams in Japanese before.

Though, I have many times. Last night, I had a dream that a Japanese man and his wife moved in across the street of my mom's house and I was talking to them. The first time I had one was after a night of learning food items, and I had a dream of being in a Japanese restaurant with a lot of other people and ordering in Japanese and talking to the other people around me.

What kinds of dreams have you all had in your target language(s)?

February 27, 2017

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olja.
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What an interesting discussion! Everyone's dreaming experiences are really unique. Well, I've had dreams involving German, but never fully in German I guess. I don't usually remember the dreams very well though. Just recently I had a dream where I had a short conversation with someone in German. If I remember rightly, I was somewhere in Austria and everyone was speaking German, and I could understand everything that was being said. It was such a fantastic feeling. I wish I could have a dream in Swedish. I think, personally, dreaming in your target language definitely has more to do with wanting that "insider" feeling than actual fluency. Though it is sure flattering to think some level of fluency is the reason :)

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Borbotrincess

I've had lots but only remember my first one in German. It was very simple: I was at a restaurant and the people next to me were speaking German. I did not participate but could catch a few words. It wasn't much but it felt exciting! I usually don't remember dreams but that one was special because it was the first in German.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanPaulido

I have dreamed in Esperanto a couple times , but more often than not I write music in my dreams , I love playing guitar in my sleep and then actually feeling and hearing it for the first time again when I wake up and play it for the first (2nd) time

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlyssaQR

I've been learning Esperanto (English is my native language) and have been having dreams of conversing with people in Esperanto as well. I just wish there were more people who spoke it so I could make my dream a reality.

February 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rachel468637

About two weeks after living in Spain I dreamed exclusively in Spanish, even though I still sucked at it. I grew up in Spanish speaking areas, but it was crazy different living without English at ALL. It totally made my brain switch gears! Other than the language switch, my dreams were normal. Oftentimes they would feature my English-speaking friends speaking Spanish, but it didn't seem weird in the moment. Seriously though, I was not a good Spanish speaker. I think my brain was repeating phrases that I'd learned but didn't remember yet. It was great practice!

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aria487

It's true, at least I think so!
I usually don't dream, even in Farsi, my mother tongue. And when I do, most of the times no-one speaks!
However, I had a dream in English once, I seem to have misplaced the paper I wrote it on. It was about an awesome thing I thought happened, but when I found out it hadn't, my sister came out of nowhere and said "So much for [what?]!" and it ended! (We speak English with each other most of the time)
Another time, I saw a Duolingo page (!) and one of my friends had wrote me a message in English, words of encouragement, mostly. That wasn't all, but for the rest of the dream all were silent. I do remember I talked to someone, but I'm sure it was neither in English nor Farsi.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-BloomingStars-

It's sort of wierd . . . but spanish.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashton_M_02

I had a dream in French once, though I can't remember what it was about. This is a very interesting discussion and I look forward to seeing everyone's dreams in their target languages.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Proginoskes

I've had several dreams (that I remember) that were in my target languages. The most common language is Russian, but German and Japanese happen sometimes too.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/germanwannabee

I used to have a lot of dreams in German, but each time, at least one person, usually a quite famous person, would tell me my grammar is bad. Once it was Beethoven and another time it was Albert Einstein.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HexManiacSarina

Oh my gosh... I'm sorry, but that's really funny to me.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kimonocrazy

I used to have them in ASL or American Sign Language all the time when I first started learning. Funny is they always were about arguing in Sign Language

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WaterPolyglot

Strangely, I've had one mix of languages. It's really hard to describe, though I remember the dream clear as day.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Starlight2011

I've only ever had one French dream. It was very strange though.....though dreams are always a little weird.....my family was saying weird random things in French like "Bonjour Mimi, comment ca va, ooh-la-la" and I just sat there smiling. I just don't remember the rest.....i told my parents excitedly when I got up that morning and they just said, "Wow."

So the answer is: yes I have had a dream in the language I'm learning, and it was a very strange and simple one.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseeNii

I've had dreams in Russian and Japanese, it was... special. I saw myself moving to Russia with my girlfriend and taking walks through Moscow while having a nice Russian conversation. It was really a pleasant dreams as it represents a future I'd like to have ^J^

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hellscrossing

I had a really really freaky dream that I was at work and the people I was serving were ordering in French ovo;; Except it was REALLY ADVANCED FRENCH, the kind that natives use when they're being casual. I had no idea what they wanted and I kind of panicked until I remembered that I spoke French? They wanted eggs with extra cheese.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HexManiacSarina

Lol!

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeonMoogle

I had a dream sometime ago in which I spoke German, somehow better than I do in real life. I don't remember what was going on, but I remember being surprised how well I was speaking it! Of course, it was only a dream and I don't speak it that well still...

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HexManiacSarina

This reminds me of something I read, that some people like athletes and polyglots practice in their dreams, in lucid dreams they control, and something about us actually being smarter in dreams/sleep than in waking hours.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/knudvaneeden

If you are in a foreign country and only speak that foreign language then combinations of language in your dream should be perfectly usual.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HornBori

I dream that I'm speaking Russian to various people in my dreams but I don't dream in Russian. There's a distinction that I'd like to bridge.

February 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Georgia909515

ive only had one dream in Japanese, I was in an art class and everyone was speaking Japanese around me, i said a few things but the dream slowly changed to English

June 27, 2018
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