There’s a lot to be learned about the relationship between language and culture, and whether our culture reflects our language, or vice versa. A very common question is this: why is it easier for some people to learn how to play a musical instrument or learn how to speak a new language than it is for others? Nobody really understands just how incredible our brain is, and it seems that we are only just beginning to understand what can be achieved with the power of the mind. Our multicultural society, our contact with people from other countries, our experiences, even watching foreign shows on television – all of these influence how our brain absorbs information.
Dreaming in Another Language
There are some situations that are quite common, yet so inexplicable that we continue to be surprised. Have you ever been in the situation where you’re dreaming, and for some strange reason you find yourself speaking another language? The real question is: is this a real foreign language that we’re speaking during our dream? Some experts believe that the language we hear when we’re dreaming is simply a mix of ideas and concepts that are represented by sounds, which we then interpret as language.
Various Opinions on Why We Dream in Other Languages
There are a few explanations as to why we might dream in a language that’s not our mother tongue, and these range from scientific to the most esoteric. According to neurologists, our dreams are a collection of experiences and memories that we collect during our lifetime. And when it comes to dreaming in foreign languages, they believe we interpret it this way because we’re quite open to a world where it’s comfortable for us to encounter foreign situations or people; which ultimately become part of our experiences and memories.
There are others who believe that dreaming in another language shows that we’re open and educated people. So, what does it mean, then, when we’re in the opposite situation, where in our dream we’re in a situation or place where we can’t understand anyone; a situation that can be very frightening, as well as incredibly frustrating. What does this mean?
Our Dreams Are Still a Mystery!
So the question still remains: is it possible for us to dream and a language we don’t speak? If the answer is yes, then is it due to a mixture of sounds and memories, or is it perhaps a lost genetic load that takes us back to somewhere in our past? Or, perhaps we’re just dreaming in a language that’s not real, but we interpret it to be real?
At this point it seems that we don’t have a definitive answer to this question, but it’s certainly is subject that makes us stop and think. And translating the meaning of our dreams, well, that’s an entirely different question – maybe we’ll attempt to answer that one in another post!