A Google search using the key words „dreaming in a foreign language“ produces around 1 100 000 hits – a fact that leaves no doubt about it being an extremely fascinating topic.
In this article I already described the phenomenon of my brain making me dream in what it made me think was Spanish – even though I have no experience of actively learning of speaking Spanish – just a history of extensive binge-watching „Narcos“.
Recently my brain came up with an even more absurd idea and had me dream in its very own version of Czech. Thanks to some multilingual interpreting classes I have gained some familiarity with the sounds and overall acoustic patterns of this beautiful language. Using some concentration I can come up with an „aural picture“ of Czech in my head, also due to another TV-show featuring several lines spoken in Czech.
Even though my recent dream is slipping further and further away, out of reach like dreams tend to do after a while, I remember that I dreamt about one of the abovementioned multilingual interpreting classes. While I was arguing with one of my fellow student, two of our teachers were having a conversation in „Czech“ and continued their chat as we left the class to prepare for some kind of prom night.
My brain probably less than perfectly emulated the language, but still: in my head I was fully convinced I was listening to a lively Czech conversation and, in retrospective, I am quite impressed with my mind even offering the occasional intelligible word, thus reconstructing a realistic listening experience for me.