A question of thought
What language do you think in?
Weird question, isn’t it? It’s been bothering me for a while—especially since I saw the film What Women Want where Mel Gibson can hear women’s thoughts. Well, leave alone language, I don’t think in sentences! At least not in the well-formed, grammatically correct, complete sentences the women in the film did.
I seem to think in… well, it’s hard to describe it… in sort of half-formed, semi-articulated ideas and images. Unless I’m imagining a conversation that has to take place in a specific language, I also think in English, I guess. That might sound funny as English is not my native tongue, but it is the language I’m most comfortable with and most fluent in.
Yep, I can read, write, speak Bengali (mother-tongue; had no choice about it!) and Hindi (national language; forced down your throat at school) pretty okay, but people blanche when they hear my Bong, and Hindi I always associate with fighting with the horrible people of Delhi! Anyway, I have to speak English with the Significant Other as he only speaks Hindi otherwise, and the kind that makes you need a dictionary every second word. I also speak English with my mother quite a bit, as my Bengali makes her feel positively faint!
It’s silly, but I’d like to know what other people think in and how!