Quite often I come across students who say they have been studying English for ages but they still can’t think in English. They spend precious time translating the word or phrase they’re trying to say. They feel discouraged and frustrated with this lack of performance. A couple of weeks ago I came across these very brief and useful tips on how to fix this problem. Check out Simple English Videos on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/vickihollettvideo)
Here are the 5 easy steps to help any language learner internalize and start thinking in English, Spanish, Portuguese or any language they’re trying to learn:
1. WORDS – look around you – do you know the names of all the objects surrounding you? Look them up. Expand your vocabulary.
2. SIMPLE SENTENCES – use those words in simple sentences – that painting is on the wall. There’s a stapler on my desk.
3. THOUGHTS – internalize those words and ideas – say them aloud and also just think of them.
4. CONVERSATIONS – try to talk to someone in English – a friend, a co-worker, etc. You have nobody to talk to? Get a little text and read it aloud – listen to your own voice
5. DREAMS – by practicing the 1 through 4 steps daily, pretty soon you’ll be having dreams in English.
Presto – you have overcome the translation barrier – now your language production and reception will be smoother and faster.