Hey, Naturals. What’s up? It’s your favorite American English teacher Gabby here with a Go Natural English lesson to help you to stop Translating everything from English into your native language in your head in your mind and your brain in your noggin and to start thinking only in English it is Possible believe me no matter what level you’re at right now. It’s possible to think in English And I’m gonna show you.
How I’m gonna give you 9 Tips that will help you on your journey to thinking just like a native English speaker. So if this is interesting to you, then keep reading. So first of all, what’s the problem with translating everything Into your native language before you come up with a response in English. Well if you’re in a Conversation or some situation where you need to really process information quickly and be able to respond rapidly in an appropriately timely manner.
Then you really don’t have time to translate. Even if you’re super smart which I know you are and you’re really good at English. Which I know you are it still takes time to process all the information. You’re getting in English into your native language and then. Think in your native language, what am I gonna say how am I gonna respond and then translate that Back into English. It’s a lot of work for your brain to do and no matter how Awesomely intelligent.
You are it’s gonna take too long in a native speed kind of fastback and forth conversation. So if you are in a social situation and if you’re in a meeting at work if you are at a Presentation and you want to ask questions You really need to be able to think in English So the problem started with the way that we learn Foreign languages. This happened to me? When I was learning Spanish in the classroom.
How did we learn we learn through translating with Spanish? I learned that one is Uno and two are dos and Let’s see coffee is Cafe and So on so of course. It’s easy, and it makes sense to begin this way. Because we know vocabulary in our native language but it actually is hurting us once we get into Conversational English or in my case conversational Spanish, so when I left the classroom When I left my English sorry my Spanish classroom And I tried to have a conversation with native Spanish speakers.
I was like in total shock my jaw hit the ground. Because I couldn’t understand anything and I definitely couldn’t respond. Because I was trying to just Identify a few words that I could recognize that I could hear that I could listen to that I could comprehend and then Translate those into English and then think in English to translate back into Spanish And I was a wreck. So I don’t want that to happen to you. Maybe you know how that feels already let me give you some suggestions to get you started thinking in English first?
Let’s start small Understanding everything in English and being able to respond in English is like a big meal. That’s a lot of vocabulary or a lot of food to digest right. So let’s start by taking small bites and digest thoroughly so start by doing small daily activities in English. So, for example, Every day, I take my dog for a walk or sometimes we go for a run so sometimes. I talk to him usually in English, but sometimes just to really confuse him. I talked to him in Spanish and instead of saying come.
Let’s go I’ll say even, vamonos right so you could do this in English. Maybe if you have a pet or if you don’t have a pet there are other ways, too I bet you have a phone if you have a smartphone. You could set that in English so that every time you open up your phone there’s English vocabulary. For you to work with this is an example of an everyday. Activity probably multiple times a day you’re looking at your phone that you could do in English And maybe there are other things that you can think of too.
So what are some other suggestions of small daily activities that you could do in English? Comment let me know what you think next listen to more English this doesn’t even have to take up more of your time You can give yourself an immersive experience in English no matter where you are Open up your laptop or your smartphone and download Some podcasts in English or listen to internet radio or put on a post on blog or on Netflix in English and play it in the background while you’re doing other work that doesn’t require intense focus.
I love doing this when I’m just doing housework or like organizing stuff around my room or my office or whatever I will listen to music and other languages because I love learning the lyrics to songs in Spanish or in Portuguese or in other languages that I want to learn so most recently I was Listening in Spanish to the song called Lloraras Which is a famous salsa song I highly recommend it if you’d like to get into Salsa But anyway, let me continue with tips for thinking in English 3 try Guessing or Planning what native English speakers.
Are going to say in that next Conversation or in that presentation or whatever situation that? You’re going to be in in English so when you predict based on your life experience what you think people are going to say you will be more prepared and more confident. You’re preparing your brain to receive that information And you’d be surprised probably like eight out of ten times. You’re going to be correct now.
Don’t get too attached To your prediction. Because of course, other people don’t know that script that’s going on in your head. So be prepared for something different to come out of people’s mouths but just by exploring the different options or your Prediction or guess what you think will happen? You’re gonna feel way more Confident, and you’re gonna be able to process that information Faster and to think in English yourself.
Because you’re already thinking when you predict. What’s going to happen in a conversation four stop learning exclusively through translation Especially once? You’re out of your beginner English class we have to learn through association through Experience through observing watching listening through touching through your life experience. You have to associate the word with the meaning and not the English word with your native language word Okay, words are just where they’re just letters?
The real true meaning is what you understand and then you can attach that to the word okay? So book is not necessarily live in in Spanish or Portuguese It’s a thing with pieces of paper and writing that I can read and learn from so I hope this is making sense But you have to stop learning exclusively through Translation and next very closely related number five is to stop using a bilingual dictionary the best use of your bilingual dictionary where there’s English and then your native language is actually as like a Coaster where you put your coffee cup on On top of your table, so it doesn’t leave a circle on your table.
That’s the best use for it because if you continue to use this bilingual dictionary to learn vocabulary In English you’re always going to be practicing translation so just use that thing as a coaster or whatever and use a monolingual dictionary instead monolingual means one language so English to English and you’re going to exponentially expand your English language vocabulary when you do this next ?
Number six label objects in your environment in English you can just do this in your head It’s super simple super fast and easy doesn’t cost anything or you could actually write the words on paper and tape. Those labels right to the objects or use sticky notes or something and for example if I see a book and I’m learning Spanish. Then I would write on my sticky note libro And I think I said Livro before, but that’s actually Portuguese.
I get confused between Spanish and Portuguese I will tell you honestly it is not always easy to learn both at the same time so anyway Libro is booked if I’m learning Spanish Maybe livro if I’m learning Portuguese, hey if I’m learning Arabic It’s Kitab you can help me with my pronunciation in the comments, but put a label on everyday objects. This is really especially helpful for beginners intermediate Level English learners, but it can be fun to do just to remind yourself to think in English at any level Number 7.
Talk to yourself in English when you talk to yourself out loud It does so many good things for you. Not only are you going to practice your pronunciation your speaking your vocabulary your fluency. But you are developing that thinking and English skill so what kind of things should you say when you’re talking to yourself out loud in English and When should you do this well, first of all, I would suggest doing this perhaps in the privacy of your own home. Maybe not around your co-workers or people that might think you’ve gone crazy So what do you tell yourself?
Well, you could ask yourself questions for example right now I’m thinking what am I going to eat for lunch today? So if I am trying to improve my Portuguese I might think to myself and say out loud “O queue you comer Hoje no almorco?” Yeah, think that’s right. If it’s not you can tell me in the comments. But it’s okay if you make a mistake talking out loud to yourself if your grammars not perfect if your pronunciation is not perfect.
Because the point is not to be perfect the point is for you to develop that habit of Thinking and speaking the language. So it totally just makes a mental note of what you’re not sure about. If you are not sure if you’re supposed to use like the article the or whatever. It is you’re not sure about and then you could ask someone just like. I asked you in the Comments, you could ask your native speaker friend your teacher or do some research online Another way.
I really love to talk to myself out loud in languages. I’m learning is to sing a song. So I mentioned earlier that I was Listening to a song called Lloraras, which means you will cry. It’s kind of a sad song actually, but I love to actually sing that song when I’m Just you know doing house chores or walking my dog. I’ll just be like yeah we queue to no queries queue yo a ti te quiera. So I’m not a great singer, gonna stop but just to give you an example. That is what I love doing and I might even mix in some Salsa dance moves.
Well, I’m singing eight just start thinking in English with a Mantra or a motto or some phrase that just gets you started like on autopilot Automatically. So my phrase might be I am improving my English every day. And I would say that in English out loud to myself or just think it. I’m learning Portuguese. I might say to myself Bom dia, a Cada dia estou melhorando meu portugues.
Yes, like with Emotion is really important really really important even. If I look crazy It doesn’t matter it does help you and it lifts your spirits, and it gives you the energy to improve your language skills. Finally, number nine Our last tip to help you think in English is to just do a little bit each day So don’t force yourself to think in English all day every day from the get-go or from the beginning just start with 30 seconds. I’m sure that you can think in English for 30 seconds.
You could set an alarm Maybe every day at 9 a.m. You’re going to think in English for 30 seconds So you know on your phone put an alarm for 9 a.m. And you can title it think in English And then set your timer for 30 seconds and just think in English no matter. How simple or how silly it is? You can just say hello to yourself over and over and over for 30 seconds. If that’s the best you can do? I know you can do better. I know But it’s just an example that it doesn’t matter how complicated your English is when you train to think in English.
What does matter is that you Start and that you are consistent? So do a little bit every day. And you’re going to be thinking in English all day long in no time if you loved these suggestions. Let me know in the comments share this post with Your friends who are learning English or maybe your friends who are learning other languages because these tips totally apply to any language you are learning. Thank you so much for reading be sure to share a post and visit the website at marcusgriffin.com. Love you guys. I’ll see you again soon.