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  • 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 watching

  • 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

  • appropriate 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, okay, 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 fast back and forth conversation

  • so if you are in a social situation 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 is 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 ven, vamonos right so you could do this in English

  • Maybe if you have a pet or if you don't have a pet there's other ways, too

  • I bet you have a phone if you have a smart phone 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's 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

  • Okay, 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 video on YouTube 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 of 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, okay?

  • The real true meaning is what you understand and then you can attach that to the word okay?

  • So book is not necessarily

  • livro 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 que vou 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

  • it's okay 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's totally okay

  • Just make 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 se que tu no quieres que yo a ti te quiera

  • So I'm not a great singer so I'm 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 okay if I'm learning Portuguese

  • I might say to myself

  • Bom dia, a cada dia estou melhorando meu portugues.

  • Yes, okay 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 energy