You've probably read or heard the advice that in order to really learn English, you have to stop translating and start thinking and thinking in English, right?! But here comes the big question: how to start thinking about English for those who are learning this new language?
That's why, in today's post, we'll understand the importance of stopping translating and starting to think in English to achieve fluency in the language.
Translate or think in English?
In general, when we are learning a new language, we follow the route that seems safer to us: we think in Portuguese and translate the words into English when we are going to speak.
However, this process of thinking in Portuguese, translating into English and speaking (or writing) makes the flow much more artificial and slower.
But, when thinking in English, the individual can be faster and more objective during the conversation.
Obviously for someone who is taking the first steps in the language, for not having a vast repertoire, this task becomes much more difficult. However, as knowledge expands, this process of thinking in English becomes more natural (but it is necessary to exercise it).
Also, when you think in English (without translating), it also helps a lot to internalize the language. What is it? Internalizing English means you don't have to remember the rules and pronunciations every time you speak, meaning you just speak naturally
Tips to start thinking in English
How about you start exercising “English thinking”? Here are some tips. But first, remember that this needs to be a daily exercise: for you to become fluent in English, it takes persistence, commitment, study and training.
Tip 1: Lose the shame
A big hurdle to developing a new language is the shame of accent, pronunciation or saying something wrong. This will all be part of the learning process. Remember: the important thing is to be able to communicate, that is, to make the other person understand what you want to express.
Tip 2: Take an immersion in the language at least once a day
Every day, choose a time to immerse yourself in the language. It can be watching an English movie, a series, listening to some songs in English and trying to “pull the lyrics by ear”, listening to a podcast, watching a lecture on Youtube, reading an excerpt from a book or watching a course.
The important thing is to have this moment during your day to have contact with English, even if informally.
Tip 3: Talk or think to yourself
Also take a moment of the day to think or talk to yourself. For example, tell about your day in English. Or, create a story with dialogues. For example, you are going to a restaurant and interacting in English. Do each of the conversations, from the valet to your order and the waiter.
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