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In which language do you think? Your original or German?
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Old 13.08.2019, 09:14
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Re: For the good German speakers in CH

Not German, but I think in several languages, depends on my mood.
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Old 13.08.2019, 09:52
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Re: For the good German speakers in CH

Depends which language I'm speaking, as I always think in the language that I'm speaking.

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Re: For the good German speakers in CH

I'm certainly not fluent, and good is likely pushing it, but:

It depends on the topic.

When thinking/talking about/working with dogs I largely default to German. Not surprising, as 'dog stuff' is where I have the most interaction with Swiss and German colleagues.

Everything else the default is English. I have to make a conscious switch to German.

Then there are the times where I lose the English phrase, only the German comes to mind. Probably more a sign of incipient dementia rather than improving German skills.
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Re: For the good German speakers in CH

It's all erotic.
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Depends which language I'm speaking, as I always think in the language that I'm speaking.

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It's generally assumed that people can think without having to open their mouths.

I think that was what Omtatsat was alluding to.
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In which language do you think? Your original or German?
None of those.
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Not German, but I think in several languages, depends on my mood.
Depends on who I'm with, too. If I'm with German speaking friends, there's not really time to "think in English", and the thought process spools in German.

If I'm alone, I assume I'm thinking in English as it's my mother-tongue but, to be honest, unless one gives it conscious thought, I'm not sure inner thoughts are in any particular language. I certainly don't say "I'm going to make a cup of coffee now" in my head, it just kind of happens.

The acid test is if you are shocked or do something like stub your toe or catch yourself on the hot oven door. The swear word is probably something choice from your mother-tongue.
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The acid test is if you are shocked or do something like stub your toe or catch yourself on the hot oven door. The swear word is probably something choice from your mother-tongue.

Nahh, I know some in other languages that are much nicer than the ones in my original language :-)


I can only count in Dutch though ....
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It's all erotic.
Only images . OK!
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It's generally assumed that people can think without having to open their mouths.

I think that was what Omtatsat was alluding to.
Yes right
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It's generally assumed that people can think without having to open their mouths.

I think that was what Omtatsat was alluding to.
I dream in different languages, and also think in them.

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Nahh, I know some in other languages that are much nicer than the ones in my original language :-)


I can only count in Dutch though ....

Everybody automatically counts in their native language - unless you do a lot of concious effort. It is interesting to observe.
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Re: For the good German speakers in CH

It depends on what I'm doing, and if I've been in a German speaking context/conversation leading up to what I'm thinking about.

Weirdly, I struggle to give directions (Wegbeschreibung) in English now - I just noticed this the last time I was in Canada.
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Re: For the good German speakers in CH

I don't really think in a language.

But swiss german filler words definitely infiltrated me.
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I don't really think in a language.

But swiss german filler words definitely infiltrated me.
So what do you think in ,images?
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So what do you think in ,images?
images definitely, I just can't think back to some moment I was daydreaming and remembering actually verbalizing stuff that I wasn't actually saying in my mind.
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