LD4all is an international community with members who speak many different languages. I was recently thinking about languages and wondered something. In English, “dream” can refer to the things we see while sleeping (“I had a crazy dream last night!”) as well as our goals and aspirations (“I have a dream…”). I was wondering if any other languages use their word for “dream” in the same way or if there are other definitions.
So why not share how to say “dream” in any languages you speak or are trying to learn? And specify if the word has any other definitions or if there are multiple words for “dream” or anything else interesting?!
So, I’ll go first! I’m learning Japanese in school right now! The Japanese word for dream is 夢 (ゆめ) (“yume”) and it actually maps out to the English word “dream” pretty well. It can mean both the things we see at night while sleeping and aspirations. I’m not sure if this is due to Western influence or if the word has always been like that. According to various internet sources which may or may not be Google Translate, the term for “lucid dream” in Japanese is 明晰夢 (めいせきむ) (“meisekimu”). I’m not sure if there are any other terms or not.