The language of my dreams

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?


  1. I always dream in English. I wish I dreamed in Italian because that means I would be actually getting something out of the 5 Italian classes I've had to take for college!

  2. I only speak English fluently, so I don't really have much choice as to which language I dream in...

    I do find myself pretty fascinated with people who are able to speak more than one language fluently because it's something I have some difficulty imagining what it must be like.

  3. When I was in a French immersion summer program in high school (clearly one of the coolest kids), it was kind of a badge of pride when you started dreaming in French! Now I dream in English only, sadly, but I do remember a wealth of details from most of my dreams. Some are pretty wild!

  4. I usually dream in English ( my first language) but I do see a lot of sign language still, even thought I don't use it as much. And now that we're learning Russian, I have a little of that in my dreams, but not myself using it yet. Hopefully I'll get there. :)

  5. Ahhh, I'm so glad you shared! I never even thought about sign language. Honestly, the brain is so amazing. And it's interesting too to make the distinction between who is speaking which language and that you yourself are not speaking Russian in your dreams but others are. So interesting!

  6. If I learn a third language, I'd love to learn French so I am clearly very jealous of your immersion program.
    You must have those experiences where you wake up in the morning, remember your dream and think, "Where did that come from??" I am hoping not all my dreams are a reflection of my true self because yes, some of mine are pretty odd. :)


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