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çava  ·  1792 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Does your head use multiple languages?

This is really interesting to me because my dreams are all in French, regardless of who I am speaking with. I totally agree about being stuck in a 'mode,' I refer to it as my French brain, or my English brain (I have guarded in my mind Maori and English as the same language. I can't seem to break this). I am at the point where if someone that I normally speak English with, speaks French to me I find it incredibly difficult to engage my 'french brain' and speak French to them. It's so frustrating!

Hertha  ·  1791 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Like a barricade your mind set up, to keep those languages nice and tidy in separate boxes?

çava  ·  1791 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes, very similar. It's as though my mind sees the (normally) English speaker, and says "Right! Access all English words and semantics!" And everytime I go to retrieve French I have to actively think, make exact translations, double check my phrases. It's gets tiring, fast. Then, there will be someone right next to them, that I always speak in French with (and sometimes they are native English speakers, but we haven't spoken English together) and there isn't a split second where I think (actively) about what I say. It just flows out. And its so lovely and enjoyable.