As you may know I'm bilingual. That sometimes produces interesting observations. Last night I somehow realized that when I think of "badger", a certain image comes up in my mind; but when I think of the Dutch word for the same animal, "das", I think of a completely different, but also specific, image. (I think it may originate in a children's book I read ~50 years ago.) Aren't brains wonderful?
106 plus ones
Shared publicly•View activity
View 27 previous comments
- I guess it may be based on the context of what you dream. Like dreams of my family, mother, grandparents may be in Afrikaans, and university and work in English. These days I dream more of current stuff, and I don't dream much of my parents.Apr 13, 2012
- Being bilingual might even protect you against dementia ;) http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/03/29/dementia-bilingual-study.html , http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0028393206004076Apr 17, 2012
- As a graduate of The University of Wisconsin, I'm just pleased that you're thinking about badgers at all ;)Apr 23, 2012
- yes brains are wonderfulApr 27, 2012
- brains wonderful Guido!May 2, 2012
- and then to know that " das" in Dutch also means " shawl" in English - and also in Dutch is short for " necktie" :))
Makes me wonder about the differences between the " das" and the " badger" . Would the " das" be rather slender and does it come in endless colours?
Jun 29, 2013