https://www.duolingo.com/CaolMcHugh

Bilingual Dreaming?

Last night I spent some time dreaming (thinking, reading & speaking) in Irish without realising until after waking up, it was a pretty stunning experience looking back on it, has this happened anyone before?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

Yes, many times, mostly in English and French.

My scumbag brain starts inventing music lyrics in English when I am asleep and If I try to do it while I'm awake nothing.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Richardkang88

I seldom remember my dreams and I don't ever recall using another language in the dream. This sounds fascinating and I've heard lots of people speak of similar experiences, however, I haven't ever.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaolMcHugh

A great way to remember your dreams and make them more vivid is to create a dream log! Just get yourself a notebook, leave it next to your bedside, and any time you wake up with a dream fresh in your memory, write down every little detail you can!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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And how would you go about strengthening the dream retention, because I never seem to be able to remember my dreams, so there's nothing to log.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/parapluie41

Sadly I'm not sure what to do about that. No dream remembrance usually means you're a deep sleeper though, and getting enough sleep, so that's good. People who wake up with alarm clocks or people with irregular sleep cycles are more likely to remember their dreams because they're being jolted straight from REM into consciousness.

I have a sleep cycle disorder that causes me to be fatigued all day... but on the plus side, I have very long, vivid dreams and I almost always remember them.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dhunteroz
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If you keep trying to write a log even if the details are scarce or absent, your brain will eventually figure out what you want and remember for you. There are also certain foods that can make your dreams more vivid, that could get you started.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

Yes. If I'm not mistaken I would always here Papaoutai lyrics [by Stromae]. When I dream bilingually, it's probably gibberish. Like for example, I know it's a language but what I remember is "vbfdjhbdsknfdkafjmdvcsij".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sam.db

that's so funny! i recently dreamed of that song also. my brother and I were listening to it before bed. hahaha

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

Pretty much all my dreams happen in Dutch now, even if I don't understand new words in the dream it feels pretty surreal. I have random dreams like planning what's for dinner with my fiancé in Dutch, and then I wake up and I know it's happened in Dutch but I just don't remember the exact words said. It feels trippy haha.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jgstcd
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My dream self is fairly stupid. It (I?) seems to have trouble figuring out which language it should use with whom. After waking up I sometimes realise that I was speaking with someone in a dream in a language I would never use with them in real life.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Delta1212
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Despite German being by far my strongest foreign language, both now and pretty much at any point in the past that you could care to name, I have never had a German dream, but I have had some in Spanish and Danish.

Edit: Although full disclosure, the Danish one involved dreaming about practicing Danish on Duolingo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RunningFrog

Once, and then I woke up super excited and tried to remember my conversation. After going over the conversation (that was in my dream) I realized I hadn't conjugated my verbs correctly. Oh well, better luck next time!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/parapluie41

Yes, this happens to me all the time lately! A lot of my dreams are in French or have a lot of French in them. I hope it means my brain is processing the language while I'm asleep.

Just last night I had a dream that I was staying in France with a host family and an American friend (not a real friend, just a dream character). The other American spoke very poor French but he insisted on dominating the conversation anyway and kept accidentally saying offensive things, or thinking the things the French family said were offensive when they weren't. At first they thought this was trop drôle but over time they got annoyed. And i had to say, désolé, désolé!!

Eventually, it turned out that the mother and father weren't French at all, they were British expats from Manchester and we could have been switching into English the whole time. :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10
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lol I often dreamed Russian but two days ago I also started dreaming English xD was a cool experience, I enjoyed it very much, I was speaking very well in my dream :D That made me happy

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ngarrang
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You should take that as a sign that your brain is truly taking it in. This is a good thing. I am waiting for my dreams to happen in Spanish as the sign that I am ready to begin expanding into music at Latino church services.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/undefinier1

Great! Yes I know the feeling. When I started reading English and not just learning it in school (years ago, I'm completely fluent now), I would suddenly begin dreaming and thinking in English too. Was a weird experience, but it's basically the first step to becoming fluent. You'll get used to it :)!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prky
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Yes, I too, have been dreaming in French. Some song lyrics, and Duolingo phrases in French.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/magicafan
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I have dreamed in Swedish before! I guess I watched too much Äkta Människor that night xD It was really cool, though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/levannar

I dream in English all the time (I'm native Hungarian). I think it happens when you start thinking in your target language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dallontrash
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I've done this with German a few times. Also, I've had the problem where, instead of my first thought upon waking up being in English, it was in German and I spent about five minutes being extremely confused

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/learninglady79

I don't think that will ever happen to me, but it sounds amazing.

3 years ago
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