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Musings: What Languages Do You Speak In Your Dreams?

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❝Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.❞ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Musings: What Languages Do You Speak In Your Dreams?

Dreaming In Sumerian, Aramaic, Latin, Sanskrit, Amharic and More…
In a recent post on Dreaming, I’d casually mentioned that I remember my dreams that appear in color and where I speak other languages. I had not given it much thought because I imagined it was a common occurrence for a lot of people. So when a fellow blogger and blog friend, starlaschat, expressed surprise at my statement, it made me pause. Does this mean that everyone only speaks their native language in their sleep? What other languages do you speak in your sleep? Are you even aware of it?

I was grateful for the comment because it led me down the road to do a bit more investigation on the phenomenon, if I should even call it that. Now before you say it’s gibberish, think again. I’ve had others tell me I was speaking a foreign language and in deep conversation with someone/others. The languages above always carried powerful images and messages in my dreams and often felt quite palpable like being in a live show projected on a huge screen. Strange? Who knows… What I found in my search was quite interesting but first, a bit of background on my experience.

❝Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.❞ Rita Mae Brown

Musings: What Languages Do You Speak In Your Dreams?

Dreaming In Arabic, Hebrew, German, Italian and French…
The first language I learned to speak was English. Then I studied French, Spanish and Latin in school. During the war, I learned my father’s native tongue, Igbo, and because I went to international schools, I was exposed to other languages; Russian, Farsi, Arabic, Hindi, Amharic, Chinese, Japanese, Central Thai/Siamese, Scandinavian languages, lots of other African languages and all the romance languages too. I picked up a smattering of words here and there, but not enough to hold an intelligent conversation in most of those languages.

So, it was surprising to me when one night, in my preteens, I fell asleep and found myself in full conversation with a group of women in what looked like a biblical setting. We were talking about an event from the bible and our excitement about attending it. For some reason and please don’t ask me to explain this mystery, I knew perfectly well that we were speaking Aramaic. It made sense to me and I understood everything discussed. Over the years, other dreams surfaced in more modern languages (or rather languages we still speak today) and I was always amused to see myself speaking fluent Italian, French or Hindi in my sleep.

❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞ Ludwig Wittgenstein

Musings: What Languages Do You Speak In Your Dreams?

Dreaming In Egyptian, Akkadian, Hurrian, Hattic and Elamite…
I suppose there is something to be said about how our personal history and exposure contribute to our life experiences and the Czech proverb says it well. “Those who know many languages live as many lives as the languages they know.” Could this include past lives or lives lived on another realm simultaneously with our own? Okay, I’m not a SciFi buff but why not? When I decided to explore the subject a bit more, I found forums and links to several sites on the internet. What stood out for me was that a number of people who shared their experiences also believed that Aramaic was one they knew they spoke in their sleep. Hebrew and Arabic were others or a combination of the two. I was flabbergasted because they mirrored some of my experiences. How could individuals from countries across the globe have a deep intuitive sense about a language they’ve never heard in this life time?

❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ Charlemagne

BJ945 Cuneiform

BJ945 Cuneiform (Photo credit: listentoreason)

Dreaming In Greek, Phoenician, Moabite Ammonite, and Brahmic family of scripts
How could this be possible? What does it say about embedded, ancient memory? Well, one comment led me to the term genetic memory and Carl Jung‘s racial memory which stopped me in my tracks. In psychology, genetic memory is a memory present at birth that exists in the absence of sensory experience, and is incorporated into the genome over long spans of time”. In Jungian psychology, “racial memories are posited memories, feelings and ideas inherited from our ancestors as part of a “collective unconscious“. I’m inclined to believe Jung because I can’t imagine that our lives are a tabula rasa with no ancient genetic markers or embedded memory codes. In spiritual writings, we read about the thin veil separating this world from others and, perhaps, there is a realm of the spirit where ancient languages and speaking in tongues emanate from. What do you think? More below

❝Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.❞ Humphrey Davy

Graphical model of Carl Jung's theory- English...

Graphical model of Carl Jung’s theory- English version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before we dismiss this intriguing conversation about ancient languages surfacing from the deepest recesses of our psyche; our inherited DNA, we should ask ourselves what else could prompt those expressions. Not, I wasn’t under stress or ailing and there wasn’t anything unusual going on before or after… No alien sightings or strange talking heads… Please. Anyhow, share your thoughts and doubts. I’m curious to hear if you speak other languages in your sleep too. Sweet dreams!

❝The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything.❞ Maria Montessori

Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts?  Do you speak other languages in your dreams? Do you know anyone who does? Do share? Thank you! :-) ;-)

*Please bear with me as I continue to recover from a nasty cold and catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! :-)

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: You wake up and discover that you can speak another language. Which one?

Positive Motivation Tip:  Our dreams are a gateway to other worlds and realms. Stay open to explore. Embrace the grace.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photos from Dreams Admirer Secreto, Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

33 Comments leave one →
  1. 26/07/2012 1:20 pm

    Very thought provoking, as usual! I can’t remember if I speak other languages in my dreams, but I have written beautiful poetry/stories that I can’t remember when I wake. Tragic!

    • 27/07/2012 3:14 am

      Oh I know that one well too… Having a dream journal at your bedside is a great help. 🙂

  2. 26/07/2012 2:31 pm


    • 27/07/2012 3:15 am

      I agree with you that it could be a variety of reasons but what ‘s important is our acceptance. TY! 🙂

  3. 26/07/2012 5:23 pm

    Hey Eliz,
    I can only remember speaking in English in my dreams, but I was never on the look out for what language I speak in, I have been doing some research just for myself on lucid dreaming and being able to manipulate and control your dreams. I am not very good at it yet, but if I do get uncomfortable or scared in a dream I tell myself to wake up and I do wake up and remember it very vividly. I will try to see if I can speak other languages, it should be fun 🙂

    • 27/07/2012 3:16 am

      Lucid dreaming is fascinating and quite empowering too. Maybe now that he seed is planted, you’ll experience other languages. 😉

  4. 26/07/2012 7:06 pm

    This is fascinating!

  5. 26/07/2012 7:55 pm

    Very interesting but if I found myself speaking another language in my dreams I would desperately try to go back to the dream and learn that language, because sadly I only speak English. I have to learn Italian because I really want to travel there more.
    Very interesting post!

    • 27/07/2012 3:18 am

      TY Barb! It would be wonderful if we could learn all the languages we wish in our sleep and wake up speaking them. 🙂

  6. 27/07/2012 12:19 am

    hi Eliz,
    thank you for Wittgenstein:
    ❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞
    I’ve made a post about Wittgenstein too –
    but sorry to say, though I learned Latin, Greek, Hebrew, English and German: when I’m sleeping, I’m sitting there blind on a street, unable to talk: but have my guitar on my knees.
    Maybe that’s the reason, why I try to learn guitar daily: not to be without any expression on that judgement day …

    • 27/07/2012 12:32 am

      Very interesting… Maybe because you speak so many languages, your spirit needs the break… But then, music is a universal language and on its own, it covers everything. 😉

  7. 27/07/2012 2:10 am

    I dream in other languages too some times, mostly after I have been speaking that language for a while during the past days though. I don’t think it’s that weird at all!

    • 27/07/2012 3:20 am

      Oh neither do I. I don’t think it is weird and I was nicely surprised to find out about others who actively dream in other tongues… It is worth exploring further. TY! Glad to see you again and I hope you are back to blogging. 🙂

  8. 27/07/2012 6:16 am

    English, of course. I’m British 🙂

  9. 27/07/2012 7:06 am

    Thank You So Much for the shout out! How nice :+) I’m happy to have inspired you to dig deeper on this topic.
    This morning as Navar was getting ready for work I told him about this post and he said that occasionally he does speak other laguages in his sleep. He once woke up after dreaming and was able to write the launguage down on paper. He took the paper to a friend of his who restore’s indian artifacts. His friend framed the paper and humg it up on the wall. It is still hanging on his wall today. Wow So the world continues to open up like a beautiful flower.

    • 27/07/2012 7:21 am

      TY dear one… yes, your comment did open the floodgates and got me thinking more deeply on this topic. I’m glad you also have someone close with similar experience… So we are not loony-bins. TY! 😆

  10. 27/07/2012 11:18 am

    For me it’s usually my everyday language i.e. French but I’ve already dreamt in English too and in one unique dream I could understand Japanese! 😛 Dreams are awesome.

    • 27/07/2012 11:36 am

      They sure are. Japanese? That is awesome. 🙂

  11. Shantaya permalink
    28/07/2012 8:45 pm

    That’s an interesting concept…dreaming in another language. I’ve been studying Spanish but all my dreams have been in English. When other languages do pop up its always me being a desperate situation andnot be able to understand.
    Thanks for the follow at Girl and Her Pink Backpack

    • 28/07/2012 11:58 pm

      TY for your comment… Maybe next time it pops up, relax and open to the experience.

  12. 29/07/2012 5:12 pm

    Elizabeth, this is really amazing and intriguing. Have lyou inked this to the phenomenon of speaking in tongues where one speaks a different language? I pongues, inray a lot and sotimes , more often than not I speak in tongues, a strange dialect that sounds arabic to me though I doubt it is. At the same time, i am able to interpret it by the power of the hoy spirit. this is not rumblings. it is the truth.

  13. 29/07/2012 9:23 pm

    Wow, I never really thought about others who speak multiple languages speaking different ones in their sleep. Since I only speak English and a few key phrases in broken spanish, LOL, I’m certain my dreams are only in English. But quite often my dreams are muted, where I’m there, but I can’t really hear what others are saying, just mostly observe it.

  14. 31/07/2012 9:57 am

    What a blessing to know so many languages…I like how you went through the different ones and elaborated on them about dreams.

  15. 04/08/2012 7:47 am

    When I was living in Spain and learning Spanish, I’d dream of having conversations in fluent Spanish. I’d be quite pleased with myself because I interpreted it to mean, fluency was coming. I think now I dream mostly in English. I’d definitely notice another language, or I think I would.

  16. 04/08/2012 11:36 pm

    Fascinating Eliz! I had never really thought of the language of my dreams! Some are still vivid enough, but more like a silent film reel than a talkie.Shall pay special attention next time.
    Going by Charlemagne, the average Indian must posses several souls 🙂

  17. Lisa permalink
    05/11/2012 2:57 am

    What if you had a dream and in this dream you saw what looks like ancient writings and a young man with a powerful light coming out of the palm of his hand and he is chanting something but you don’t know what. Then you wake up and you are chanting over and over again words you never heard before, “talhe hamanu mahe ta” and the words make you feel fear deep down inside but you mind wont stop repeating those words. What could that mean?

    • 05/11/2012 11:22 am

      I don’t know… but I always counter everything with prayer to the divine. We are stronger in spirit than we know… Sending you healing light and love. Above, below, and around you is divine pure white light… no weapons fashioned against me, you, or others shall prosper for we are children of God; we are Children of the Divine Mother. Be blessed! 🙂

  18. Hasani permalink
    09/06/2013 8:06 pm

    I spoke Latin for some reason what does that mean

    • 16/06/2013 8:04 pm

      Good question. Did you study the subject in school? Are you drawn to the language? Ask yourself some questions and the answer might become clearer. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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