Wow, some cool questions, Sheryl!
No, I don't dream in anything but English, but if the language comes up in one of my dreams from another person, like a phrase or if I overhear something in the dream or whatnot, then I will understand it.
Keeping the language "fresh" is very hard. I mentioned this to Rigel on this site and we try to speak only Spanish when we converse in writing. I try to speak to everyone I can, and here in Seattle without a large Hispanic population is tough. I speak to the plant lady who does our corporate foliage when she comes around, she's great, and I also speak nothing but Spanish at the Mexican restaurant Eric and I go to. I get Asian food almost every day for lunch in downtown Seattle and speak only Korean to the buffet people. I watch a kid's Chinese language program on some obscure channel late at night if I can't sleep (like that will help???
) and Seattle actually has a cable channel feed from Hong Kong, so I watch that all the time, for instance.
I don't feel I have a gift, I feel I have an ear for certain patterns. Other people have true gifts in other subjects, I suppose.Which is amazing because Beth said her husband is a scientist/mathmatician and these subject are known to produce great talents in both language and music due to the patterns and equations inherent in their structure. hmmmm!
I have no idea why I am drawn to languages. I don't travel the world and have no real money to tek to these places, but I like it!