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Speaking a second language is one of the most complicated, yet severly undervalued, skills you can learn. We're living in a global economy now and understanding the importance of communication across barriers could earn you a positive reputation someday. However, what is it like for those of us who already speak more than one language to think? What does it feel like inside their minds?


Reddit user, u/RyanXvel, wanted to hear how your brain operates when they asked:

Multilingual people of Reddit, what language do you think in?

Wow...

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I don't know, sometimes I just begin a thought in a language ma poi passo ad einer weiteren Sprache i w mojej głowie gh'è unn-a gran confûxón.

zuenotto99

Living In A Different Land Changes You

My Dad is Czech and My Mum is English. They split when I was little so I lived 50/50 with each of them. I only spoke Czech at my Dad's and only spoke English at my Mum's. Since I live in New Zealand, an English-speaking country, I have grown up around everyone else speaking English so I would consider English as my first language. I am 15 and have been to Czech Republic 4 times to visit my Grandparents and other family. I find that when I come back to New Zealand after spending a couple months speaking only Czech, I will sometimes slip up when speaking to English people.

In terms of what language I think in. Mostly English but I actually do occasionally talk to myself in Czech.

kevin_michael_

Dreaming In Another Land

English, my first language, but I've had dreams in Finnish sometimes, especially during times in my life when I'm speaking it a lot (like whenever my grandpa visited or when I traveled to Finland)

PhinnishPharma

My English teacher always said if you start to dream in the second language you are officially bilingual. Not sure if it scientifically checks out

InfrahumanDog

Speaking Changes The Thinking

My mother tongue is [German] and most of the time I also think German. But if i speak English a lot i start thinking in English

amelithium

Use Each Language For What They're Best Known For?

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Depends on the situation.

  1. Thinking about lab-work and friends: English
  2. Counting/numbers: Chinese
  3. Angry rant: Russian

A Mixture Of All The Things

It's a weird combination of my first language and English, sometimes its one or the other but more often its just a combination of different words that form sentences that kinda make sense XD

RoosjeM

This is me with Spanish. Sometimes (even after 30 years of English) it's bad though and I might forget a word in English and say it in Spanish instead without thinking

PullDaLevaKronk

Nobody Make Them Mad

English but Spanglish if I'm pissed

Future_Long1684

Math In Any Other Language Is Still Math

I still do simple calculations in Irish.

I'm not a great Irish speaker and rarely use the language, but I learned counting and sums etc in an Irish speaking primary school.

Danny_Mc_71

As Long As The Cursing Part Is All Sorted Out

Depends on what language I'm immersed in at the moment. If I'm having Spanish conversations my brain just flips over solely to Spanish, and will be like that until I'm back speaking English.

But I tend to curse in Spanish no matter what in my own head.

kylo_drew

Is There Even A Language Thought Barrier?

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It's a weird question to me, since the only time my thoughts are "in a language" is if I'm practicing what to say or remembering something that was said or something like that. So my thoughts aren't in any language, generally. They're just thoughts.

larrieuxa

Depends what language I was reading or listening or speaking in. If I am having a conversation in English, I will think in English. If I am reading in Italian, I will think in Italian. Sometimes I am reading texts messages in Spanish and my husband speaks to me (he only speaks English) I will answer to him in Spanish. It's weird.

Having said that, I don't normally think in words, more like abstract thoughts. I imagine a cloud of feelings and images that paint a picture better than words. Then, when I have to explain that cloud, I can put all of that into words.

sick_sadlittleworld

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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