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Hello everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy.
Today, I am going to teach you the one simple trick that you can use to become fluent in English.
Now, I bet you are thinking, one trick, really?
Surely, if there was one trick everyone would do it.
Well, there is one trick and more people should do it 'cause more people would be fluent.
I'm not going to waste any time.
I'm not gonna waste your time or my time.
I'm going to say what the trick is.
The trick is to stop translating in your head and instead think directly in English.
Now, the trick might seem simple enough but it's actually pretty hard for most of people to achieve.
So I am going to give you seven tips that will teach you to stop translating in your head and start thinking directly in English.
If you do these seven tips consistently you will become fluent.
Tip number one is, if possible, don't start translating in the first place.
If you are new to English then make sure from the very minute you start you don't translate.
You just try and think in English.
If you've been learning English for some time and the way you've been learning hasn't been working for you then you need to make a huge change.
You need to take a minimalistic approach to learning English.
You need to learn like a baby.
A baby learns by observing, by imitating, by hearing, by seeing, by smelling.
A baby has no opportunity to ask for a translation.
It doesn't have a language to think back to.
You need to take this approach as well.
Start learning English like a baby.
Stop relying on your mother tongue for learning a language.
Tip number two.
Insist on only speaking English with your teacher.
Now, I know this is really hard for many of you, especially many of you in school.
Because a lot of teachers would prefer to teach you in your mother tongue.
This needs to stop.
I really recommend signing up for one-to-one lessons.
Italki have sponsored this part of the video but it couldn't be more relevant.
Even if I wasn't sponsored by italki I would recommend them here anyway.
Simply because you can have such a highly personalized one-to-one experience.
Where you can tell that teacher, "I don't want to speak in any other language apart from English or the language that I'm learning."
Instead of asking the private teacher about a word in your own language, you're going to need to find another way.
Maybe you can draw.
Maybe you can gesticulate or use actions.
Maybe you can point to something or show them something.
Maybe you can use synonyms or antonyms.
It may take slightly longer but stick with it.
This is the trick to becoming fluent.
Let your teacher know from the very beginning that that is how you want to learn.
If you haven't heard of italki before, it's a huge online database of both native and non-native, qualified and community teachers.
They give one-to-one video lessons 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is always someone available for you.
You can learn English and over 100 other languages as long as you have a stable internet connection.
It's an incredibly affordable way of learning a language.
Way cheaper than offline tuition or language academies.
They have given me an offer to pass on to you.
You will receive $10 worth of italki credits in your student wallet within 48 hours of making your first purchase of any amount.
That could be a free lesson.
A lesson in which you only speak English.
All you have to do is click on the link in the description box to sign up.
Tip number three is to use a monolingual dictionary.
Just one language.
In your case, an English dictionary.
Don't use an English to Spanish dictionary, or an English to your native language dictionary.
Just use the English one.
You need to let the language define itself through observation.
If babies can learn in this way, you can also learn in this way.
If a baby can grow up into an adult that understands complex terms and words, you can too.
You don't need to translate everything.
You need to work towards understanding definitions in your target language rather than translating them.
Tip number four is for if you want to find a word, rather than define a word.
In this case you should use a thesaurus.
If you're looking for a word and you just can't remember it or you don't think you know it yet, think of a similar word and look for its synonyms.
Spend time searching for the definitions of the synonyms in that monolingual dictionary.
Through your search for this word you will also come across many other words.
Thus expanding your vocabulary further without even using your native tongue.
If you really can't find the word you are looking for, try asking a native through italki or through people you know.
Explain using other words, draw it, synonyms.
There is a way to find out every single word without translating.
Tip number five is to speak to yourself and to think to yourself in English.
When you're on your own, you should speak out loud.
And when you are in public, you can think to yourself.
You need to train your brain to start thinking directly in this second language.
When you are driving, when you are cooking, when you are cleaning, talk out loud to yourself, explain what you are doing.
I am putting in the pasta.
I am boiling the kettle.
Have a conversation with yourself.
Train your brain to make this language your go-to language.
When you're in public, observe what other people are doing and narrate them in your head.
That woman is sweeping her doorstep.
Ooh, I like what she's wearing.
Say things in your head as if you were talking to a friend.
By thinking in your target language you will immerse your internal or inner world in that target language.
And on the topic of immersing yourself tip number six is immersion.
Now, this isn't possible for everyone but most people can come close to it.
When I was learning Spanish I moved to Spain and I immersed myself in the language.
I used to save up my money when I was working whilst I was at school.
And do week-long trips to study in a language school in Seville.
And that really kick-started my thinking in Spanish.
Now, if you can't travel to England or America, or the country with your target language, you can still immerse yourself in it.
Think about multitasking.
Again, when you're cooking, cleaning, driving, anything you do continuously that doesn't involve direct concentration.
Use podcasts, radio, music, television in that target language.
Have it on in the background all the time.
By having it on in the background you will get used to the pronunciation, to the nuances, to literal sayings, without even realizing it.
You will also become more aware of where you are lacking so then you can go and fill in the gaps.
Tip number seven, my final tip for thinking in English and avoiding translating in your head is make it daily.
On this channel I always talk about studying every day, studying consistently.
It really is the key to becoming fluent.
20 minutes every day is better than 140 minutes all in one go once a week.
Make it part of your daily routine.
Make it automatic to you.
Separate it so you do a little at breakfast, a little at lunch, and a little at dinner.
Have it so that in one meal a day you only speak in English or you only think in English.
If you live with housemates, see if they will come on board with you.
Right, that's it for this lesson.
I really hope you enjoyed it and I really hope some of you will try out this technique.
It really is the trick to becoming fluent in English and it's a simple concept.
But it requires a lot of effort and a fair amount of dedication.
Don't forget to check out italki.
The link is in the description box.
You can get $10 worth of italki credits in your student wallet 48 hours after making your first purchase of any amount.
Don't forget to connect with me on all of my social media.
I've got my Facebook.
I've got my Instagram.
And I've got my Twitter.
I've also got my second channel, Lucy Bella Earl.
It's a new channel, and I've just filmed my hair routine so that might be on there, very exciting.
I will see you soon for another lesson.
This side I might go the other way and flick out a bit more.
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1 Simple Trick to Become Fluent in English - Become a Confident Speaker and Stop Translating

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Jessieeee published on June 5, 2019    Jessieeee translated    Evangeline reviewed
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