Anyone else who also experienced an interesting language encounter when when dreaming?
"I'm on the back of a bus with two girls that I don't know so well. We are going down a hill and suddenly the bus driver is starting to drive faster and faster. I'm scared. Exactly when we are heading towards another steep downward slope am I standing up and shouting: "Stop the bus! We are here! It's dangerous!". The interesting part was, I shouted in Arabic.
My conversational daily colloquial Lebanese Arabic is quite alright despite that I'm nowadays quite a lazy student. However, I was taken by great surprise waking up and remembering that I had shouted to that bus driver in a third or fourth language in my dream. I think we were in Egypt, where I lived in year 2009 (yes I practiced shouting skills in a few buses during those months...).
It made me curious about the science of dreaming and foreign languages. I asked a Syrian friend who speaks 6 languages fluently; she said that many times the language of the conversation in her dreams are based on the language she commonly talks with to this person. According to an academic article I found (Lum & Ade 2016) this is also what research is telling:
"Language choice in bilingual dreams related to persons—most participants in the study used the same language with a dream character they used with the person the dream character represented in waking life".
It seems like it is not necessary of being fluent in order to dream in another language; since the subconscious mind is great of recording information. For you who are fluent in a language but can't remember dreaming in it, remember that despite being fluent in a language the brain can still have difficulty retrieving it during dreams (Sarkis 2014).