https://www.duolingo.com/Un_moche_chat

My first dream in french

Oh, this was not as good as I expected it to be.

I have only been learning french for a week and a half (self taught) but I am absolutely nailing the learning.

I am using duolingo for about 250-500 exp a day, as well as one pimsleur lesson per day, and a assimil lesson per day, as well as listening to bal musette whilst I learn and taking breaks by watching french films.

On top of this if I do take a break and play video games for example I have already changed the languages to french.

Boy, I think its caught up with me. My dream was almost nightmarish.

I was outside the Eifel tower and there was a lot of 'ou est la rue' type simple language going on between me and tourists my brain was not coping with it as well as I liked.

First thing I did once I got up was read The Guardian in English.

I am learning a lot, and I do mean a lot, quickly, which I guess is to be expected when I am doing about 4-6 hours of active learning a day and inescapable passive learning outside of this. I know this is honeymoon stage-ish but I am super motivated just by how much information I am retaining.

Has anyone else had an experience like this yet? I should probably get used to it, but as it was my first dream ever in a foreign language it was quite confusing.

May 15, 2018

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/brmeast

Your brain is so used to hearing the French words from all the hours of immersion and learning it probably translated the dream into French.

As for why it is confusing, maybe since it was the first time this has happened your brain wasn't used to it?

Other than that, dreams in foreign languages are completely normal :) (as long as it isn't some random one your not even learning)

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gamekkeut

It means you’re doing a great job absorbing the language and immersing yourself! It’s gotten to your subconscious now. :-]

I actually just had a dream in Korean last night, and I spend around 3 hours a day studying it. None for French yet, and I study it the same amount of time, but consume more Korean audio materials.

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Un_moche_chat

Probably correct, but when I woke up its like for a moment I had forgot English (hence the guardian reading).

I was actually hoping I would dream in french eventually but so soon, and in such a confusing way was not welcome.

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeCrioxRouge13

Bonjour, comment allez-vous? Le traité de paix a été signé par le président de Corée du Sud et le chef suprême Kim Jong-un. C'est incroyables temps dans l'histoire!

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gamekkeut

Once it's in there, it's kind of hard to control. My dreams in other languages tend to have similar underlying themes, but the vehicle can look quite different on occasion.

It could be perhaps because French is relatively 'new' to you, that your brain is showing that through your dream [throwing you into a situation where you have to think on your feet]. My dreams are more relaxed and pleasant than they used to be when I was first starting to study.

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeCrioxRouge13

It is actually better to study before bed. As your brain will absorb the material and reproduce it into a dream. I have been learning French for an entire year, no French dreams yet I am afraid. :(

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Un_moche_chat

That is what I was doing actually - good call on the causation.

May 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pollyperki

I hope you give more details about your experience.

May 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/August740823

artsypoet wrote: i hate bal masette

Wondering what that could mean or have to do with Un_moche_chat's topic, I found bal musette, not bal masette. Look up BAL MUSETTE, which is lovely. For you, dear Un-moche-chat, I give lingots. Maybe you start a new discussion as soon as you dream more. This one is kind of, humm, I don't know. Sweet dreams :)

May 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Un_moche_chat

Thanks, I will if i dream more. I posted that first message as SOON as i got up otherwise I would of forgot it quickly. As this is the first language I have ever learnt outside of my native language of English, I will post anything which I find as abstract and not really talked about when learning a language as these seem to be interesting things which we all share at some point.

May 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pollyperki

Did you have conversational experience in french with french natives?

May 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruby_Peculiar

I've never had a dream in French, but I once had a dream that was entirely in Chinese.

I was in Shanghai, trying to understand all of the signs, and everyone around me was speaking Chinese so fast I could barely understand it.

May 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Un_moche_chat

They say that when you dream, reading signs is a great way to induce lucid dreaming, as reading is nigh on impossible to do in dreams.

Next time you see a sign, try and realise your dreaming, then fly over Shanghai like superman having the time of your life.

May 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/trkelsey

This is definitely a good sign! I have been living in France for the last few months, and when I arrived I had done no french learning. Around a week in, I also had french dreams, some which I couldn't understand but were snippets from conversations around me. It's amazing that you've been able to get yourself to this level without actually being in a french country!

May 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Un_moche_chat

I guess the level of immersion that I created helped with this. I could not understand everything they were saying either (in my dreams) but it was definitely french, and terrifically confusing.

May 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryAnne993219

C'est magnifique!

May 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Marie_Wolf

Hi! I've been learning German and French for a while now, and it seems that if I spend the larger part of my day in a different language then I also dream in a different language.

So maybe this is why, because you've been spending so much time in French. Regardless its pretty neat, so congrats! :D

May 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lillydog123

COOL

May 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/marjeuli

250-500 XP a day? WOW! Great job

May 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/barbie21144

That's great! The only time this happened to me was (decades ago) when I was a French minor in college. After having no French courses for two semesters, I had to study extra hard to remember/relearn/practice speaking. Worried, I decided to study 1-2 hours (even if I had no homework) every night. I guess it was because I had been doing this before bed, my roommate told me one morning that I had woken her up during the night, speaking long sentences in French during a dream. I didn't recall the dream at all, so I asked her what I had said. And of course, she answered, "I don't know, I don't speak French." True story.

May 20, 2018
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