I read this great little article the other day about possible reasons some of us remember so many of our dreams and others of us don't. I am of those who remember the majority of my dreams. They are vivid and bright and sometimes leaving me wondering if the events actually occurred. Adrian is of the latter. He rarely remembers dreams.
After reading the article, I was talking to Adrian about it the other day and I asked him this question:
What is the language of your dreams?He told me, of the dreams he remembers, he mostly dreams in Spanish.
What language do you dream in? He asked.Me, I dream in English, mostly. But I've noticed that in my dreams, the people who speak Spanish in my waking life, well, they speak Spanish in my dreams, too. And when I speak to them in my dreams, I speak to them in their language, Spanish.
And then I thought, how amazing are these brains we have to not only recognize which people speak which language when we are awake, but also when we are asleep? Every now and then, when I'm awake and speaking one language for too long, I turn to someone who speaks the other language and I speak to them in the wrong language until I realize their face is telling me that they have no idea what I'm saying. And I apologize and I make the switch. But for the most part, my brain makes that switch with little prompting. And the fact that my brain recognizes those faces and people while I'm asleep and speaks to them in the appropriate language? Astonishing, no? The brain is a fascinating thing.
Spanish is my second language. I learned to speak Spanish in school so though I use it daily, I still commit grammatical errors. And my sleeping Spanish is no different. Sometimes, in my dreams, I hear myself speak in Spanish and I hear the errors. And while still dreaming, I apologize to whomever I'm conversing with and correct my errors.
The brain is a fascinating thing.
So tell me, what is the language of your dreams?