How to dream in English

sleeping_womanOne of the characteristics of an advanced language learner is having dreams in his or her second language. I can remember my first dream in my second language. I was a chat show host in the dream and I was interviewing guests and playing the piano for an audience. It was a very strange experience!

Dreaming in English could be a great way to practise while you are sleeping, too. What a great idea for busy people! Obviously dreaming in English alone won’t make you fluent, you have to keep up your regular practice, too.

How can you control your dreams and make sure they are in English, though? There’s no certain way to control what you dream about, however, here are some tips to help encourage your brain to dream in English:

1. Read in English before you go to sleep. If you like novels, that’s great. If you prefer magazines, that’s fine, too. The important thing is that it is in English and you are thinking in English before you go to sleep.

2. Write a journal in English before you go to sleep. Many people think we use dreams to fully understand what happened to use each day. If this is the case, thinking about your day using English grammar and vocabulary will help you dream in English.

3. Keep a dream journal in English. When you wake up in the morning, make a note of what happened in your dream in English. Even if your dream was in your first language, writing about it in English will help you dream in English in the future.

4. Listen to something in English. Whether it’s the evening news or an audiobook, listening to something in English before you go to sleep will help put your brain in the right condition to dream in English.

Give these tips a try tonight. If you find they work for you, remember to leave a comment and tell us all what you dreamt about.

Today’s image is by Hervé de Brabandère.