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  • Hello, this is Ray. Today I'm going to teach you how to think in English!

  • Hey guys! It has been a while

  • Welcome back to Ray's English channel. Let's have fun learning English together

  • First I would like to apologize, because the last episode came out last June

  • and I postponed the second half till now

  • It's actually not that long, right? It's only been a half year, six months, 180 days, or 4320 hours. Yep

  • Now I'm finally here. I'll first go over the important points from last episode

  • then complete the whole content, to show my sincerity

  • Today we will cover three parts of thinking in English

  • Single word reflex, chunking, and substitution drill

  • First I want to say that, thinking in English is not that difficult

  • Of course, to express a thorough and complex meaning is not easy

  • However, you only need to know a single word to start thinking in English

  • So first, we're going to talk about single word reflex

  • The correspond English word immediately pops up in your mind when you see something

  • For example, in this room: a table, a computer, my sister, my new camera

  • this messy roomwhat are you talking about

  • This is my sister's room, if you know what I mean

  • Whenever you see a thing, you can quickly respond with its English name

  • What if you see something that you don't know the English name of? Very simple

  • Take out your phone and look it up, you will learn it immediately

  • When doing this kind of practice, you can try making it a complete sentence

  • Such as, that's a dog, there's a dog, it's a dot, etc

  • Other than names, that is, nouns

  • You can also think about movements, or verbs.

  • So you can think about what you or others are doing

  • Like, I'm talking, she's filming,

  • you're watching, you're learning,

  • you're starting to fall in love with Ray. (Uh, no they're not)

  • I know you are.

  • After that, you can try adjectives, to describe situations or emotions

  • For example, I'm happy, it's funny, she's pretty, (uh huh)

  • I'm lying (Hey! That's not even an adjective!) That's not an adjective

  • By reflecting English words like this and doing more practice

  • It's going to be unbelievably fluent when you actually use them

  • The second one is chunking

  • It's mentioned in linguistics, which means putting words in chunks

  • In other words, "meaning" is now the basic unit of English, not "word"

  • For example, "as a matter of fact" is a unit of meaning

  • instead of five separate words

  • I don't think of the meanings of every single word when I use them. They have a meaning as a group

  • Thus when I want to say "事實上", I will naturally say "as a matter of fact"

  • Here's another example, "make yourself at home". If we analyze the phrase grammatically

  • "make" is a causative verb, left out the subject "you", "yourself" is a reflexive pronoun, "at home" is an adverb phrase

  • You get it? I'm not going to explain it again

  • However, we don't think about the complex grammar structure when we talk

  • Because "make yourself at home" is a meaning chunk

  • Which means "不用客氣、不用拘束", so we use them intuitively

  • Therefore, use chunks instead of memorizing word by word

  • So when you hear a common usage next time, try learning them as a whole

  • While phrasal chunks may sound like a great idea, there are still drawbacks

  • First, when you only know the Chinese words, you can't figure out the corresponding English chunk

  • Second, even if you find it, the chunk can only express one meaning

  • instead of flexibly create other meanings

  • So the third one is, substitution drill

  • Which is substituting different content after understanding the basic grammar structure

  • to create different meanings

  • English has a clear part of speech, and its positions often follow the same pattern

  • As a result, understand the basic grammar structure lets you extend a sentence

  • or create new sentences by substitution

  • One simple example is that "I want to" plus a verb

  • This is called infinitives in grammar, but you don't need to know that

  • So for example, I want to talk to you, I want to teach you English, I want to make you improve, etc

  • Except for substituting words, you can also substitute clauses

  • For example, "how to think in English" is a clause as a noun, so it can be put in any objective's position

  • Now look at this, "I need to learn this" can be substituted as "I need to learn how to think in English"

  • You can even try using conjunctions to link two complete sentences together

  • For example, "I'm already thinking in English, but I'll need to work on it more"

  • This is the most flexible way to create different meanings

  • but some basic knowledge of grammar structures are needed beforehand

  • So the point is, after knowing grammar structures, substitute the appropriate words or phrases

  • These are the three ways of how to think in English

  • First, single word reflex. Second, chunking. Third, substitutional drill

  • However, what it all comes down to is that whether you want to spend time thinking in English or not

  • There no one but yourself can help you think

  • So, after all this, start thinking in English today

  • Just do it

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  • Here are more videos, and this is my website, go take a look if you are interested

  • And that is a wrap for today, thank you guys for watching as always, watching as always, and I’ll catch you guys next time! See ya! (See ya~)

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  • Because "make yourself at home" is a fi...

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  • Do it! (Do it!) Think in English!

  • THINK! IN! ENGLISH!

Hello, this is Ray. Today I'm going to teach you how to think in English!

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換個英語腦訓練英文思考 // How to Think in English

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