A chat about dreams

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Jo: Hi everybody. So, I'm here with Jo, and we're talking about dreams. So, Jo, tell me, do you remember your dreams? 

Joanne: Um, I must say that, er, not very often. I think I tend to forget the good dreams, and it's the bad dreams or the scary dreams that I remember. You know, the ones where you like, uh, you wake up in the middle of the night and something really scary was happening in your dream and you think, uf, thank goodness that was just a dream, it wasn't real! What about you? Do you remember many of your dreams?

Jo: Um, yeah, I think like you, um, I remember better if I wake up just after. Um, or sometimes, yeah, I've had dreams that are really memorable and it's normally because I think they mean something or, um, it's important for what's happening in my life.

Joanne: Um, so you think that your dreams have a meaning? 

Jo: Yeah, I do, actually! Not like they predict the future or, you know, a symbol – if you see this animal, it means this specific thing – but I can normally work out where it's come from. Um, and sometimes dreams help me understand how I feel about a situation, for example.

Joanne: Is there a dream that you have a lot? 

Jo: Er, I always say the classic is, because I'm a teacher, um, if I'm feeling stressed or not prepared for something, then the situation in the dream is always that I've got a class or a big conference and I'm not prepared, and where are my materials? Yeah, that would be a common dream.

Joanne: I've had something similar, when I've felt that I'm in an exam and suddenly I haven't revised for it, I don't know anything and that's kind of a similar thing. A bit of a stressful dream.

Jo: Yeah, exactly. We’re all traumatised from school and teaching! 

Joanne: Definitely! And what about dreams in other languages? Do you ever dream in a different language? 

Jo: Um, yeah, I have done. Especially when I was trying really hard and studying a lot to learn Spanish, and I remember having dreams where, like, phrases came into my head or I was really fluent. But then later, when I checked them, it was real Spanish, so I was really happy with that. 

Joanne: I think that could be a really good sign, that you're remembering the language, if you're dreaming about it as well, or if you're dreaming in that language. 

Jo: Definitely. It's processing, isn't it? They say that's a good sign. So, I wonder if any of our learners have dreamed in English? Let's ask people. So, please tell us in the comments and tell us as well, do you remember your dreams, and do you think they mean anything? So, thank you, Jo, and we're really looking forward to hearing what people think.

What do you think?

  • Do you remember your dreams?
  • Do you think they mean anything?
  • Do you ever dream in other languages?

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Average: 4 (3 votes)

Submitted by Chompink on Wed, 21/06/2023 - 08:06


I'm not sure sometime I remamber that but sometime i don't remamber that
So i don't like a dreams Because It's make me not sleep well

Submitted by goodluck brett on Thu, 08/06/2023 - 23:10


Ofcourse I'm not sure if there is ever a man who never dreams, taking a part to my case i often having a real scaring dreams and most of the time i do remember them clearly while most of the time not, but sweet dreams are quite good and perfect it makes u feel like you're there for real in the material world in reality

Submitted by mcarpenedo on Mon, 29/05/2023 - 11:21


Usually I dont remember my dreams. In the past I used to remember them a lot, but nowadays thats not what happens.

When I do remember they, i dont think they mean anything special, just a lot of information atach toghether.

Yes, but only when I'm imerse in the language world (i might say). When I was living in New Zealand i dreamed in english and when i lived in Italy i have dreamed in italian. It was amazing.

Submitted by Prabal Chauhan on Tue, 23/05/2023 - 12:41


Do you remember your dreams?
I'm same like ma'am, i only remember the dreams those are scary or too good.
Do you think they mean anything?
Yes, sometimes i forget about somethings that where i put my key, earbuds, and other things then in my dream may be because of subconscious mind, i remember those things in my dreams.
Do you ever dream in other languages?
Yes, I'm also learning Spanish so sometimes i'm dreaming in Spanish.

Submitted by laurapaci on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 16:30


My dreams are usually nightmares, with an obvious message to my consciuosness, who on the other hand is perfectly aware of the matter. So they're like little cruel movies my unconsciousness shoots about my deepest fears and darkest spots. I never had one of my terrible dreams in another language, maybe I could try with subtitles first!

Submitted by gosia_czech on Fri, 19/05/2023 - 08:41


I rarely remember my dreams. When I do it's usually after having a nightmare or a dream that was memorable and that made me feel good. I think we often remember things easier when we associate our feelings with them.
I don't believe that my dreams might mean anything. I think it's just a process happening in the brain, but I'm not sure considering that there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to the process of dreaming.
I haven't really paid attention if I dream in other languages. I definitely will be on the lookout for that the next time I will sleep.

Hi gosia_czech,

Same here, I sometimes remember my dreams just after waking up but I instantly forget them most of the time. It's a pity because if it was a really surreal dream, it's funny to tell someone all about it!


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Submitted by marcelobj on Thu, 18/05/2023 - 19:34


I usually only remember my nightmares because I wake up before they end. Nightmares happen when I'm stressed or worried about something. In general, I'm in danger and wake up scared and with my heart beating fast.

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Submitted by ljustiz on Mon, 15/05/2023 - 14:41


I am sure I dream every day, sometimes I cannot to remember the dreams, but usually I can remember them, generally the last dream. Sometimes I can remember it very well, and it is repeat and repeat on my mind for all day, I think it is weird on me. Of course I think the dreams mean something, but not by themselves, but they generally have a relation with the day or some preocupations that I have. But I not an skeptical person I am sure the dream could be a premonition, but not mines, I do not have such power. I have had funny dreams, scary dreams, powerfull dreams, even I have dreamed that I can drive a bicycle or a car, it is powerfull because I cannot drive anything. Besides I have dreamed that I can talk in english and I can communicate with someone easily, I have to say my native language is spanish. The dreams are wonderfull, nobody knows what going to dream ever.

Submitted by User_1 on Mon, 15/05/2023 - 14:13


How I wish to have dreams in English; it would mean to become really fluent in your language.
Unfortunately, although I am trying hard to improve my English, I have never dreamt in English.
As Jo and Joanne said, dreaming in English would be a really good sign to show progress in that language, but It has not happened yet.
This is discouraging.
Could I know what the team thinks about this?

Hi! Thanks for your comment.  

There's no need to worry if you don't have dreams in English, and it definitely doesn't mean that you're not making progress because you haven't.

Perhaps you could try daydreaming in English instead!

Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)