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  • One of the biggest concerns my students have is how to think quickly enough

  • to join a conversation in English and express themselves the way they want to.

  • I totally understand. I had this problem too when I was studying German in Germany,

  • and studying Spanish in the Dominican Republic.

  • But the good news is there are things you can do to train your brain to think in English

  • so that you don't have to translate in your head, and you can jump right into the conversation in English.

  • We're going to work on training your brain to think in English today,

  • and also training your brain to respond quickly to questions.

  • This is all stuff that you can practice and get better at.

  • So the next time you're in a conversation, you can join it as naturally and as freely as you want.

  • Just think of that. To be able to express yourself in English the way you want to.

  • If you like this video, or you learned something from it, please subscribe with notifications and do like it.

  • It really helps.

  • Now we've already done a few videos where we started building the skill of thinking in English.

  • We started with naming objects and then describing sentences.

  • Now, you're being hit with conversation.

  • You're going to be asked a question. And there will be ten seconds for you to answer.

  • Now if you can't come up with something, some questions will be easier than others, that's okay.

  • If you can't form a whole sentence, just think of the words you might use when describing,

  • when answering that question.

  • So for example, if the question is: What would you do if you won $10,000?

  • You could say: Mexico, beach, vacation.

  • If you can't come up with something more full.

  • For example: I would take my family on vacation to Mexico.

  • I'd get a house on the beach and we would all have the time of our lives.

  • So whatever your level is, you can still respond in one way or another.

  • At the end of this video, I'm going to show you a few resources for moving forward,

  • for continuing to practice answering questions, and I'm also going to issue you a challenge

  • where you can practice answering a question, make a video put it on Instagram,

  • and then I'm going to share it with everybody.

  • Alright, let's get started. Here is your first question.

  • Hey how are you doing today?

  • That's a pretty simple question.

  • You can answer with just one word.

  • Fine or great.

  • Maybe if you're a little bit more comfortable with English,

  • your mind went a little further and in your mind, you said: I'm great, how are you?

  • That's awesome! Wherever you are, it doesn't matter, that's your starting point

  • and putting in the work will help you get better.

  • As we go forward with these questions, you may find that you give very simple answers

  • or that you can talk for days, that's great!

  • Pause the video and keep talking, keep working on that skill of answering in English.

  • Are you tempted to speak out loud? That's actually okay. I'm fine with that.

  • I know this video is about training your mind to think in English,

  • but if you're speaking it instead, that's okay.

  • The one thing to be careful of is that you're not thinking it in your native language first,

  • and then translating it.

  • If you find that you keep thinking in your native language,

  • then you probably need to simplify what you're doing,

  • so rather than trying to put together a sentence,

  • just think of words in English that you would use in an answer, okay?

  • So bring it back as simply as you need to, as far back as you need to in simplification,

  • in order to be able to do it in only English, thinking in English,

  • or speaking in English with none of your native language involved.

  • What's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

  • So what is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

  • Maybe you answered in one word: bagels,

  • or maybe you got more elaborate with your answer:

  • For breakfast I love a David's bagel, New York City cinnamon raisin toasted with plain cream cheese.

  • Maybe orange juice with some pulp on the side.

  • Okay, here's your next question.

  • When's the last time you needed an umbrella?

  • Okay so you see how this works.

  • You don't know the question ahead of time.

  • You're asked it and you have to think on your feet.

  • You have to quickly jump in, answer that in English.

  • And if you're having too hard of a time doing that, and your mind keeps going to your native language,

  • then drop answering the question and just say words

  • that you would say in your answer like: bagel, or cream cheese, or whatever.

  • Wherever you are, I'm going to keep saying it. Wherever you are, that's okay, that's your starting point.

  • Love it and take one step forward by practicing.

  • I know a lot of people like to learn about how to get better at something,

  • but then it's hard to actually put in the time for the training.

  • And it's a challenge. I'm putting you on the spot here.

  • Question after question. But you can do this.

  • You're now going to get two full minutes of questions.

  • If you get frustrated or flustered, just skip that question.

  • Just take your breath, and just breathe until the next question, and start again from scratch, okay?

  • Two minutes.

  • Here we go.

  • What shoes do you think are the most comfortable?

  • What's your favorite movie and why?

  • What's your dream job?

  • Did you sleep well last night?

  • What did you have for dinner yesterday?

  • Who is your favorite teacher and why?

  • Can you tell me how to get to the closest restaurant?

  • I love opera but what's your favorite kind of music?

  • If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and what would you do there?

  • How did you celebrate your last birthday?

  • Tell me about your family.

  • You're still watching, you did it!

  • You stuck with me and you trained your mind to think in English.

  • Depending on your level, this is easy and fun, or this is hard and tiring.

  • Either way, doing it every day will take you further down the road to where you want to be,

  • to where you can join English conversation quickly,

  • speak English fast, and just feel confident about your skills.

  • Now don't stop here. If you want to keep going, go to Google and put in random question generator.

  • There are a few that you'll get at the top, and I'll put some links in the video description.

  • Go to those sites click on the button, and it's going to throw a question at you.

  • If you have no idea what the question means, just click the next button

  • and keep it going until you get a question that you can answer.

  • You know, do this one minute a day, just generate one question for yourself.

  • Look at it, answer it, come up with your question right away in English.

  • Doing this just a little bit every day will build this skill for you of reacting in English,

  • thinking in English, and that's just going to come in so handy

  • every time you try to join a conversation in English.

  • And now for the challenge if you follow me on Instagram,

  • take a video of yourself answering a question, following a prompt.

  • Don't plan ahead of time.

  • Take the video, tag me in it, @rachelsenglish

  • and I'm going to put all of those into my Instagram story here for the next week, okay?

  • Tag @rachelsenglish, I'm going to put it in my story then go watch the story

  • and see if other students have also practiced their English, practice their conversational skills.

  • And we can all watch, everybody's together, and just appreciate the effort that everyone's making together.

  • Now I make new videos every Tuesday.

  • Please subscribe with notifications, and do come back here every week, watch the video, we have fun together.

  • And keep your studying going right now with this video.

  • It takes a little bit of English conversation, we study it together, it's very fun you're going to love it,

  • watch it, click it, enjoy it.

  • That's it guys and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

One of the biggest concerns my students have is how to think quickly enough

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CONVERSATION MASTERCLASS: How to STOP TRANSLATING in your head! | Learn to Think in English

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