Have you spoken foreign languages in dreams?

Xenoglossy – talking foreign languages in dreams

This is a copyrighted extract from my book  Psychic Dreaming  by Craig Hamilton-Parker ( ISBN 1-4027-0474-7 Sterling Publishers 2004 )

The phenomenon is frequently present in incidents of past-life-recall, and states of altered consciousness such as trance, delirium, and mediumship. Occasionally, unknown and unlearned foreign language may be heard in dreams.

The jury is still out as to whether this is a real phenomena or a result of forgotten phrases emerging from the subconscious.  Many instances are clearly gibberish. Some researchers have claimed that the phenomenon is a result of telepathy happening between two people such as a hypnotist and a subject. If this is true, then it is astonishing that the telepathic ‘receiver’ can not only ‘read’ the words in the sender’s mind but also put the individual words into sentences. This would be a truly formidable task.

I have encountered limited Xenoglossy during my work as a medium. During mediumistic consultations, when I have been working with a foreign sitter, I have occasionally spoken to them in their own language. This has included short sentences in Urdu, Croatian and Chinese- all languages that I have zero knowledge but were of course understood by the recipient. If foreign language can be transmitted by spirits during mediumship, then could it not also happen in dreams or when under hypnosis?

Sceptics have pointed out that many instances of Xenoglossy have been shown to be memories of words and phrased have been learned in the past but forgotten. However there are rare instances when people have been able to spontaneously converse in an unlearned language. One of the most famous cases was documented in 1961 by Dr. Ian Stevenson and Professor Sri H. N. Banerjee when they researched the alleged past life recall of Swarnlata Mishra – a Hindu girl born in 1948. She claimed that she remembered her previous incarnation as a Bengali woman. During this past life she had been taught Bengali songs and dances by a friend. In her present life at the age of three years old the young girl sang Bengali songs and performed Bengali dances without ever having been exposed to Bengali language or culture.

Xenoglossy Dreams

Xenoglossy talking foreign languages in dreams.

Signs and Symbols:

If you dream of words being spoken in a dream is advisable to write these down immediately on waking as auditory information is quickly forgotten. Foreign languages spoken in a dream can be symbolic of things that you do not understand or are unknown to you. Dreaming of foreign countries or foreigners may represent a part of the psyche that is unfamiliar to you. It may show that you are neglecting important feelings or talents. Foreign lands can symbolise the fact that you are experiencing something unusual in your waking life. The anxieties associated with a new relationship, new job or strange experience may trigger these dreams.

In most instances dreaming of foreign languages is symbolic of emotions and experiences that are perplexing the dreamer. But what if on waking you were to write down sentences in a foreign language that you cannot speak but which translates into something intelligible? If this were the case then you would have experienced Xenoglossy and may have received information by clairvoyance. Interestingly practitioners of the medieval magick of John Dee believe that there is a special language of heaven called the ‘Enochian Language’ that is whispered to the sleeper by the angels. Dee claimed that Adam and Eve were the first people to speak the Enochian language and many modern magickians believe it was the original language of Atlantis.

This is a copyrighted extract from my book  Psychic Dreaming  by Craig Hamilton-Parker ( ISBN 1-4027-0474-7 Sterling Publishers 2004 )

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  • R. Johnson Jul 15, 2019, 4:48 am

    Don’t know what to think. My wife has informed me of multiple occasions where she has identified my speech while sleeping as Celtic and old German. I have no memory of this. The last time she found me weeping while sleeping. When she asked what was wrong I answered in old German that my beloved was buried in the rubble. I do not know German but my wife had several courses in high school. Needlessly to say, it disturbed her.

  • Mage Niskala Jun 5, 2019, 8:49 am

    I have these two strange dreams. First, I got when I was around Senior High School. I dreamt about lying on my bed and there was a hideous creature sit above my head. It looked like “Smeagol” but its face was like a bird (with beaks like owl or parrot). It talked to me in an unknown language (i thought it wasn’t Earth/Human Language). I even didn’t know what language it was. The strange thing was, I magically could respond it with the same language. We were kind of quarreling. Then I suffocated and dragged it away. Then I woke up. I hope, somebody can illuminate me.

  • LPM May 7, 2019, 12:22 pm

    I was speaking to a woman in my dream and we introduced ourselves in Swedish (which I do not know, neither have I heard before) I said Hej Jag ar (my name) and then she said hajo jeg- then she said her name but I don’t remember. when she spoke I was able to tell she was speaking Norwegian and said oh you speak Bokmal which I didn’t even know meant Norwegian.

  • Michele Page Sep 3, 2018, 8:04 am

    I have never learned Latin but a sentence kept repeating in my head as I was drifting into sleep. When I looked it up it means the star of the sea, which relates to the Virgin Mary. It’s a Catholic belief which I am nonpracticing. Some of the wording Stella Maris is also the name of the North Star. Very odd. It felt like I was getting a message that I should understand, but I don’t. I live in a land nowhere near the sea so it makes no sense. Also found out that there is a traditional Catholic celebration for this in September, which we have just entered. It’s very odd that this came into my mind.

  • indigo dancer Jun 23, 2018, 12:43 pm

    “Sabe Deusa, Sabe Deusa, Sabe Deusa” I was chanting in my dream a month ago in which I saw fire appear seemingly out of nowhere. It translates to “you know goddess” in Portuguese. I’ve never met anyone who speaks this language nor have I ever studied it or picked up on it at all.

    Last night I dreamt that there was a woman standing in front of a cave with moonlight shimmering down around her as there were ice crystals or something of the sort hanging from the ceiling around her when she half turned to me and said “je vi de anca” which means “You saw her hip” in Portuguese.. after a long pause she says Ophelius. Might be spelling stuff wrong but that’s how I ended up typing it after sounding it out

  • indigodance Jun 23, 2018, 12:36 pm

    “je vi de anca” ……. (long pause) “Ophelius”

    A dream I just had: some lady standing inside a cave that had ice crystals or something of the sort hanging from the cave’s roof, with moonlight shimmering around her, she was halfway turned to me when she said this. I don’t know any Portuguese but I googled it exactly as I’d remembered it.. and it translated as “I saw her hip” whatever that means. Might be spelling Ophelius wrong, but I have no idea.

    Just a month ago I had another dream in Portuguese

    “Sabe Deusa, Sabe Deusa, Sabe Deusa” I was chanting this and was basically in a trance and then all the sudden I see fire appear from what seemed to be nowhere.

  • xyz Jan 18, 2018, 12:30 pm

    I come from country in south-eastern Europe, so my mother tongue is south Slavic. I have never heard anyone speaking Zulu or old Egyptian or even seen words of those languages written somewhere nor I have recently read anything related to those languages/cultures. Although I’m fluent in English and often dream in English, so there’s nothing strange about it. Also, I speak little of the Scandinavian languages and Japanese and understand some Italian because of Latin which I learned in high school.

    But few hours ago I had a very strange dream in which I understood boy in his late teens speaking in old Egyptian at the parking (after I found two dead dogs which I bought as christmas present for my parents; they were very stiff and somehow slimey) and older black woman was telling me something in Zulu and after three sentences i somehow intuitively understood what she was saying and replied with ‘(a)zasha’. So as I woke up, I went to google translate and put that in so I found out it was Zulu and it means ‘burn up’ or ‘are burning’. The same happend with old Egyptian, remembered some words which he was saying as ‘sheut’, ‘ushabtiu’ and later discovered it’s Egyptian.

    It was also really scary because they looked like they are possessed when they were speaking. And that women, before she started to speak in Zulu she had gazed deeply into my eyes and told me: ‘You are going to die soon. I see it in your eyes’ and I smiled with some kind of longing and said ‘I know. I have always somehow knew it.’. I have bright grey eyes and in my dream they looked more watery and pupil was constricted, so there was almost nothing black. They looked the same when I saw myself in the mirror when I woke up.

    So. I’m not superstitious or anything but this dream really creeped me out, especially understanding and speaking those languages and I’m trying to find some sort of explanation. I’m in early twenties and currently have intense and stressful period in my life and dreams like this aren’t helping.

  • Elliander Eldridge Jun 22, 2017, 9:09 am

    I almost always talk in my sleep, and it’s almost always sound other language I do not know. People who have heard it describe it as sounding similar to a conversation, but I never remember any of it. When I record myself sleeping, at random times I’ll say some sentence that doesn’t sound like any language I recognize then go silent again. I can recognize, without understanding, a number of languages just by the way it sounds, but this unlike anything I can compare it to.

    In my dreams though it’s always English. From my perspective, everything I am saying is in English since that’s the only language I should be able to speak. It’s not my dreams that are in a foreign language, it’s what I am saying while having those dreams.

    The only time I heard this other language while sleeping was one time when someone tried talking to me while I was deep asleep. I had trouble understanding, because it sounded like the other person was speaking this other language, but they weren’t. It was in English. I also found that my responses, when I heard them out loud, were in this other language, but did not understand.

    I’m inclined to think of such an experience as some kind of subconscious language translation. The reason I’d remember English is because that’s the language I use and so it gets interpreted, and the same mechanism is likely why I’d hear someone else in another language than they were actually speaking. It would also explain why past life memories get interpreted into English by so many people.

    I wonder if it would be possible to remember how to consciously speak another language if I can unconsciously speak it.

  • Erica Jun 11, 2017, 5:49 pm

    Very interesting. I am american and can not really speak other languages. I randomly dream in foreign languages unknown to me, or my family, or friends. Such as German and last night Romanian which I did get to write down and the woman spoke: “he om e du le cu”. Where translation says : “He is with them.” I like that I learn languages in my sleep, but it can be a scary experience, because I can not often tell people.

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