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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby vijayjohn » 2016-11-13, 13:16

Just a little while ago, I had a dream that ended with me walking down a street with a (real-life) Czech co-worker of mine and I think a little girl who was supposed to be her daughter? (I have no idea whether she has a daughter IRL or not :lol:). Both of them were singing "Ja sam sirota" while walking along because in my dream, I had somehow managed to confuse Serbo-Croatian with Czech and Slovak. :rotfl: I think this is partly because of some similarities between Serbo-Croatian and Slovak but mostly just because Czech and Slovak are mutually intelligible and so are Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian (and this particular song is a folk song that seems to be commonly sung throughout the Serbo-Croatian-speaking region. I posted a version of it once before on the BCS songs thread). Anyway, I tried to join in because I happen to sort of know this song. (I'll be fucked if I can sing any actual songs in Czech).

Suddenly, my Czech co-worker stopped and tried to test my Czech comprehension by saying something in Czech and pointing to this part of the sidewalk. The sidewalk was divided up into these square-shaped steps, and she was pointing to the step right in front of us. I couldn't really make out her exact words, but based on what I know of other Slavic languages, I understood, "Dear comrade, :?: :!: please proceed onto this step!" I replied with može because I didn't know how to say 'okay' in Czech, so I just used Serbo-Croatian instead hoping that she'd get the idea, and then my alarm went off because I have to go to work on Sundays. :P Then I was suddenly like fuck, I do know how to say 'okay' in Czech! It's dobře! :lol:

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby lähettiläs » 2016-11-15, 17:15

I dreamed in Hebrew for a month and learned it.
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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby linguoboy » 2016-11-22, 16:53

I dreamt of an island in Arctic Ocean near Russia about the size of Wrangell Island. One half was occupied by Russia and had been Russified but the other had been colonised by Portugal and the main vernacular was still an indigenous Uralic language. I remember very little about it except that it had a small vowel inventory with complex allophony (something like you find in many Oceanic languages) and that the locative suffix--something like /jant͡s/ or /jat͡s/--occurred in nearly all place names.
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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby Meera » 2016-11-22, 19:19

I had a dream in French the other night, I have no idea why :P
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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby OldBoring » 2016-12-25, 5:35

My dreams have no languages. Probably these days I nearly never talk to anyone.

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby linguoboy » 2017-04-04, 17:16

I dreamt that I saw an add for a newish line of self-instruction books and I was kicking myself for not picking up the Tatar volume when I'd had the chance. I was bummed to wake up and realise this was not a real thing.

I also spoke a little German to someone who identified himself as coming from "the Sweden of Germany". I was dying to find out where he thought that was, but I got distracted.
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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-04-05, 3:46

linguoboy wrote:I also spoke a little German to someone who identified himself as coming from "the Sweden of Germany". I was dying to find out where he thought that was, but I got distracted.

I googled "the Sweden of Germany" and found only one result: this comic, with this remark by the (apparently northern German) person who drew it somewhere below it in the comments:
But germany (especially the North of germany) has a very similar mentality like Scandinavia. [...] The stereotypical attribute of germany is also beer, not sausages (sausages belongs to Bavaria and Austria... Well, Bavaria is a part of germany, but every german hates Bavarian. Bavarian is the sweden of germany and it has the same mentality like austria and switzerland - while the North mentality is similar to netherlands and denmark. )

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby linguoboy » 2017-04-13, 18:02

Long convoluted dreams last night. One involved some project to have displaced youth clean up a polluted pond or something. They were of Eastern European origin; at first I thought they were Slavic speakers. I was asking them the meaning of some words I had overheard them using or seen in print somewhere. I remember one was brega and it meant "cradle". Then I asked about the word skánc and was told it mean "raisins". And finally I figured out that vízöntek meant "manatee", which was a transparent compound of víz "water" and öntek "ox". That made me think perhaps they were speaking Hungarian after all.

Notes: Víz actually means "water" in Hungarian, but AFAIK öntek has no meaning (although it resembles the Magyar words öntet "icing" and önnek "to/for him/her/it"). I can't find any equivalents for the other terms with meanings anywhere close to what I gave them in my dream.
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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby eskandar » 2017-04-14, 6:38

Had a dream in which I was speaking Arabic and struggled to come up with a word I wanted, though I eventually remembered it in the dream. After waking up and thinking about it, I wondered: was I actively thinking in the dream, as I would be while awake? Or was the dream just giving a realistic depiction of how I actually speak a language I'm not fully fluent in? The latter seems more likely, but it was really interesting and I'm still wondering about it.
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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-04-14, 14:25

If I had a dream like that, I think I would think it really was active thinking.
linguoboy wrote:I remember one was brega and it meant "cradle".

Briga in Serbo-Croatian can mean 'care' or 'nurture'.

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby linguoboy » 2017-05-19, 17:13

I dreamt that one of the other departments at work had completely changed the team that was supposed to be collaborate with us on a particular workflow and I was meeting the new employees. One was a Chinese-American who introduced herself as "Pi", pronounced like the Greek letter. I asked her, "Oh, which pi?" Then I thought better of it and apologised for the question. But now I'd aroused her curiosity. So I clarified, "I mean which character?" and flipped to a page in my notebook where I'd scribbled out some Hanzi.

She challenged me to guess by I literally couldn't think of a single character with the pronunciation pi. I did remember 必, however, and banking on the fact that the same phonetic is often used for corresponding voiceless syllables, I tried to write out a [nonexistent] character [彡必]. But I got nervous and wrote down [必必], which just made her laugh.
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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby IpseDixit » 2017-05-19, 21:21

I had quite a spooky dream involving Satan and me speaking Hebrew and Latin. Hebrew was more or less real Hebrew, I remember asking a kid (because yeah, there were also a few creepy Satanic kiddos in the dream) eyfo hu? (=where is he?), by "hu" meaning Satan, whereas I'm pretty sure Latin was basically gibberish.

I don't remember the plot though, actually I don't think there was a plot, it was just Satan and his devotees appearing to me in random occasions, oh I also remember some alive mannequins trying to strangle me, and a creepy carousel, and some drag queens.

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby mōdgethanc » 2017-05-20, 9:47

IpseDixit wrote:I had quite a spooky dream involving Satan and me speaking Hebrew and Latin. Hebrew was more or less real Hebrew, I remember asking a kid (because yeah, there were also a few creepy Satanic kiddos in the dream) eyfo hu? (=where is he?), by "hu" meaning Satan, whereas I'm pretty sure Latin was basically gibberish.

I don't remember the plot though, actually I don't think there was a plot, it was just Satan and his devotees appearing to me in random occasions, oh I also remember some alive mannequins trying to strangle me, and a creepy carousel, and some drag queens.
Dude, are your dreams always something out of a survival horror video game?

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby IpseDixit » 2017-05-21, 16:29

mōdgethanc wrote:Dude, are your dreams always something out of a survival horror video game?


Luckily no.


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