The languages of our dreams

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby Vlürch » 2018-11-23, 16:55

Earlier this week, I had a dream where I was a cameraman for some TV show where celebrities built their dream houses. The celebrity of that episode was Genghis Khan. He wanted to have a massive yurt in a clearing in a forest, and he spoke a mix of Mongolian and Kazakh. At times, he tried to impress everyone with his language skills by using English words, but his pronunciation was so bad that it was even harder to understand than the mix of Mongolian and Kazakh. :lol:

Of course, I'm pretty sure the supposed Mongolian and Kazakh were just gibberish with Mongolian and Kazakh phonology since my knowledge of both languages is really shallow and definitely doesn't include any vocabulary relevant to whatever he was talking about. I don't remember any details from the dream except that at some point his horseback warriors started cutting trees to make the clearing perfectly circular, though.

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-12-30, 20:32

Shortly before I woke up, I had a dream where I was in a Korean or generically East Asian restaurant softly singing the North Korean sweet potato song, then felt stupid about doing that and stopped, only to see someone else softly singing the same song. Then we sang it together even though I was conscious enough to know that I don't really know most of the words. :P

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-01-03, 1:55

I had another dream this morning where I was trying to speak Arabic but mixed in at least one word in English. I can't remember what I actually said now, though.

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby linguoboy » 2019-01-04, 18:24

I dreamt that my Irish teacher asked me what the Irish word was for "satire" and I couldn't remember. He then reminded me of a publication called something like the "Satirical Times" in Irish and I realised I had a grammar book with several cites from it, so I could find the word that way. But--as is typical in my dreams--whenever I really need a piece of information, it disappears from where it was just moments earlier.

I tried to think if it might be something every obviously English-derived, like *sáitir, but then I remembered that there's a long tradition of satirisation in Irish tradition. Old Irish texts often talk about poets satirising those who have offended them, which is a very effective attack in a society where your reputation was everything. So I concluded that there must be an inherited word for "satire" and I either remembered it or I didn't.

(I looked it up this morning and that word is aoir, which I don't recall ever knowing before.)
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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby Antea » 2019-01-21, 14:12

I dreamt that Vijayjohn was coming to Spain, and that he was staying at my place. In my dream he was very good looking and very elegant and well dressed, and also very nice with the children :D . And moreover he spoke Spanish almost as a native, so that I almost couldn’t distinguish his accent. I told him, in my dream, and he said that he also could understand Catalan, but that he didn’t speak it so well as Spanish.

I suppose I need a break from Unilang :D :whistle:

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Re: The languages of our dreams

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-01-21, 15:41

:rotfl: Thanks, though! I can't really say much about the rest, but the part about not speaking Catalan as well as Spanish is definitely accurate. I like kids, too. :) I've had Mexicans and non-native speakers of Mexican Spanish tell me I sound native, but I'm not sure whether Spaniards would agree.


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