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Today I am mostly wearing:
leggings (black), socks (purple), one long skirt (burgundy print), one underskirt (grey), floral tunic dress (black, blue and purple), one cardigan (purple) and a shawl (rose pink. (And underwear.) It looks better than I expected.
I wish the weather would make up its mind as to whether today is cold or not, though. I don't have any pink, black or purple fingerless gloves.

The cold-in-the-nose is mostly gone -- today's big discovery is that a cough plays havoc with voice-activated software. ^The marquis gave me Rosetta Stone Chinese for Christmas and I am exploring it. I have thoughts on how it works, but they're still forming -- more of that later, maybe. It's good to be back studying Chinese, though -- I've missed it. Wo hen xihuan xue Zhongwen.

From time to time I find myself dreaming in another language than English -- this is connected, honest. Usually it's French; occasionally Welsh or Chinese. What tends to happen with the latter is that I wake myself up trying to find a word I need in the dream but have forgotten or don't know. The night before last, I found myself dreaming in Danish. This is ridiculous. I have precisely one sentence in Danish (and that;s 'thank you very much'). I have to assume that my subconscious was supplying Danish sounding noises. But, all the same.... Please tell me that I am not alone in doing this kind of thing?

Skirt of the day: long silky burgundy.


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Feb. 5th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
I find dreams in which I am driving rather odd.

I am currently wearing a lot of woolly jumpers and occasionally a cat.
Feb. 5th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've dreamt I'm driving.
Cats, of course, go with everything.
Feb. 5th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
It's weird- with the recent weather, I've been living in jeans, boots and jumpers but it's now got even colder, so I've switched to skirts. Perverse? Yup! :o)

I've been known to dream in French or Italian. Even Flemish (I spent some years in Belgium as you know) although I know only a few words and phrases in that language.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:47 am (UTC)
Skirts layer better than jeans, I find, so are often warmer.
And it's good to know I'm not alone in the non-first language dreams.
Feb. 5th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
I have Dragon Naturally Speaking. And, hangs head, I've not done a thing with it since el V insisted on giving it to me, with even a very special high quality headset - mic.

He comes home tonight, complete with cold, to the cold here. Like I can't imagine his 90 degree + reality for the last 12 days, he can't imagine my deep freeze reality for the last 12 days. We know intellectually what is the case, but emotionally, we can't imagine it.

Love, C.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
I am the same with Dragon. Writing out loud doesn't come naturally, alas, though I do think it's a good piece of software.
I hope El V gets home safely.
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
I occasionally dream in French. What amazes me about these dreams is that I will know words in the dream that I learned ages ago and wouldn't recall waking. The brain is a marvelous tool.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
Yes: amazing and complex and marvellous.
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
I occasionally dream in French or German. Mostly I'm either struggling to find words and make do or I'm listening to myself and thinking, 'Wow! When did I learn all this?' Sometimes I'm teaching a class. Sadly, that's the main way I've used my languages in waking life.

When I was learning German intensely I used to dream nonsense German sounds--I think it was a kind of German baby babble.

I'm wearing a dress (!) with tights, socks, cardigan and long sleeved t-shirt, mostly purples and greys. This is not normal for me, as you know.

Feb. 6th, 2013 11:49 am (UTC)
Did you ever dream in Old French? I never did in any of my mediaeval languages, but I dreamt about them, particularly about mss.
(no subject) - woolymonkey - Feb. 6th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
I used to dream a lot in Spanish, and even vaguely remember understanding half of it. Though this was not long after I'd done my Spanish GCSE so the vocabulary was still fresh.

I've also been known to dream in fluent techno-babble. I wish I could string together a sentence that sounds that sciency when I'm awake. :-)
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:50 am (UTC)
I suspect the marquis sometimes dreams in tech-speak -- he sometimes talks in his sleep.
Feb. 5th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
I've dreamed in languages I don't actually speak, but I don't recall ever dreaming in French or Swedish. Of course, you could make a case that I don't speak them, either. :D But it doesn't seem odd that one would dream in other languages.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
I'm very glad to know I'm not alone!
Feb. 5th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Uhm... No. I dream a lot of odd dreams ( don't ask), but I have never dreamt in odd languages before. Unless you count English.

And the fact you dreams in Danish, must mean that your next idea will be Scandinavian inspired, and require a trip to Sweden :D. ( No? Well, see you in Brighton then. :))
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
Sweden is always good to visit :-)
I'm not sure I'll get there this year, alas. But Brighton, definitely.
Feb. 5th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm wearing almost all black fleece today, as this morning's windchill was to -21. The point of transition between fleece stuff and warm shirt/jeans as layer beneath winter coat is kind of annoying to go back and forth over, because the configuration of available pockets is very different; I've hit the failure mode of leaving my keys in the wrong garment at home once already this winter, and I live in fear of absently putting them or the security card for this building in one of the pockets in my fleece trousers, which are shallow enough to be next thing to decorative, and having them fall out on the bus and not noticing.

I have occasional dreams partly in French, but that's just normal for Montreal. And the very rare one in perl.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:53 am (UTC)
My skiing fleece is my last-ditch layer when it's really cold. (It was bought in Canada, indeed, and it's excellent.)
Feb. 5th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
When I lived on Crete, I regularly dreamt in Greek, and for several years after that. Since then, my dreaming has only been in English.

Body coverings today: Black watch plaid trousers, black, long sleeved cotton turtle neck, dark green lambs wool cardegan - temperatures are rising slowly; didn't need the under-leggings.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
Yes: I am more likely to dream in French when I'm in France, I find.
Polo-necks are good: mine have all worn out -- I must buy a couple more.
Feb. 5th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
I believe this makes you on trend and lagenlook
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:55 am (UTC)
It did look better than some of my previous layered-and-freezing looks.
Feb. 5th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
I've never dreamed in another language. My roommate in college was a language major and already fluent in English and French. She could speak basic German and was learning Spanish. She dreamt in all those languages and talked in her sleep.

After going to dance seminars, I have had dreams where I am dancing the routine.

A psychologist friend tells me that is the way our brain processes things. It shows we are transferring the information from short-term to long-term memory.

So I would say the fact that you are dreaming in your non-native language is a good thing. Do you find yourself thinking in any of those languages?
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
I think in French and occasionally Chinese -- I used to think in Welsh, but I haven't had much opportunity to use it for years and it's slipped a lot.
Feb. 5th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
I've dreamed in Latin. Once in a while I have a dream where I'm in Wales and speaking Welsh, but people point out that I sound like a four year old. I wake up embarassed. :-)
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
I'm impressed by the Latin.
Feb. 6th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
I had a college room-mate who talked in her sleep, almost but not quite intelligibly. I always thought I was just on the verge of understanding it. That's how the Scandinavian languages sound to me.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
They are very closely related, certainly. And I know what you mean -- there's something about the rhythm.
Feb. 6th, 2013 10:46 am (UTC)
I dream in various languages, but mostly French. My knowledge of the language is much better in the dreams than in reality (except French, where my lucid dreamself scolds my dreaming self for lost language).
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:57 am (UTC)
Yes, I do the scolding thing, too.
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