What Language Do Bilingual Peo...

Early Breakfast With Paula MacSweeney

What Language Do Bilingual People Dream In?

Paula MacSweeney
Paula MacSweeney

8:22 AM - 21 Jan 2020



And other head-scratchers for a Tuesday

Listener Ger got in touch this morning and said: Paula, my niece is half Polish and I asked her what language she thinks in the other day.... you should have seen her face when she was trying to come up with an answer (she's only 5).

That's such a great question! What language does she dream in? There are so many unanswered questions out there...

...which got got us talking:

 

  • "Good Morning Paula. My son is bilingual and in Ireland he mostly thinks in English and in Spain he mostly thinks in Basque… though it does depend on who he has been talking to most recently."

 

  • “Hi Paula. My children are Norwegian and speak mostly Norwegian to me... although I speak English to them. Anyway what I find hilarious is when they talk to our pets they talk to them the same way I do... in English! I took my cat to the vet one time and said something to the cat in English and the vet said ’oh so your cat only understands English and started to speak to the cat in English. I was like no.. actually the cat is used to both. So first time it hit me I had bilingual pets!”

 

  • “Hi P. Here's one for you, do animals have accents!? Like is a cat's meow regional? Would a Dublin cat recognise a Wexford or Cork cat’s meow?!”

 

  • “How many wild birds do you think you've seen twice?”

 

  • “Paula, if I'm prepared to pay 9.99 for something, I'd be prepared to pay 10 for it as well, I'd also be prepared to pay 10.01 and 10.02 and so on. Where does this stop, when I'm always prepared to pay an extra cent?”

 

  • “If you have an old wooden boat and slowly over the years you replace pieces of wood until every piece has been replaced is it a new boat or the same boat?”

 

  • “Our cell regeneration cycle is 7 to 10 years. So don’t mind the boat or broom. Are we the same person?!” - Rory in Clare.

 

  • “Good morning Paula a statement that gobsmacked me is even though we build more and more buildings the planet doesn’t get any heavier because all the materials are already on the planet . Maybe this doesn’t say much for me as I’m a builder and they gobsmacked me!”

 

  • “Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates backwards sentences saying how crazy it is?”

 

  • “If a cyclops closes its eye, is it a wink or a blink?

 

  • “The brain named itself, Paula”

 

  • “Hi Paula!! The brain is the largest and most powerful organ in the human body - said my brain…!”

 

  • “One day your mam picked you up, held you, put you down, and never picked you up again.”

 

  • “Paula. Everything decision you have ever made in your life, has lead you to reading this sentence”.

 



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