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    mray27 is offline Newbie
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    Thinking in English

    Do you think in English when you're reading something? Do you compose sentences after you've thought about them?

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    Re: Thinking in English

    We all tend and prefer to think in our mother tongue. Whether we can think in another language depends on how fluent we are in that language.

    As to whether we think about the composition of our sentences I'd say that when using our mother tongue, 99.99 percent of our sentences just erupt spontaneously. We may craft the occasional gem or zinger, but for the most part our language just flows.

    To speak personally, I am much more likely to compose sentences in my second languages, French and Spanish. I spend time thinking about what what will sound natural. Of course, my calculations are often mistaken.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: Thinking in English

    As people become more fluent, they often find that these things blur- so thinking and dreaming in a second language are possible.

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