Speak English Naturally - Learn To Think In English


Learning to think in English will make you more confident speaking English

because you'll speak more naturally and fluently with less hesitation.

I can already hear you saying "But Emma, I need to think in my native language to

translate! It's too hard, I don't know enough vocabulary to do it!"

But listen, that is the long, slow and painful road to English fluency. When you do this, your

English sounds unnatural because the sentence structure is different in your

language and it probably takes you a long time to say what you need to say

because you're translating in your head as you speak. We're going to learn a few

strategies to help train your brain to think in English.

So start with very

simple vocabulary. When you're at home, think about the English word for things

that you see around you. Shoes, flowers, desk, door.

When you're on the train or you're driving to work, look out the window and think of the English word for

the things that you see. Dog, factory, busy, windy, people.

In fact, we're going to try it right now!

So, I want you to close your eyes, take a deep breath. Because when you

open your eyes you're going to look around the room in front of you

and think in English - only in English - not in your native language. You're going to

think in English of the words for everything that you see around you.

Okay, so take that deep breath again. And open your eyes and look around you.

Thinking of the English words only.

Great! Now, if that was easy, we can move on to the next level. If it was hard

that's okay too! But you'll need to practise every day

doing the same thing in different places - it will become easier. You're training

yourself to think in English. So you can do it at home or at work, on the train or

when you're at the cafe waiting for a friend.

Then you can move on to simple

sentences. For example, your hair's really long or what's he eating for lunch?

Or that chair looks really uncomfortable.

So do the same thing now. I want you to look around the room and make three

simple sentences about what you see. Remember, no translating! You're not

allowed to think in your native language at all. And if this is too difficult, go

back to thinking of simple vocabulary words. Okay, so close your eyes,

take a deep breath, go.

Okay, if that was easy, you can move to the next level which is to plan your day

in English - thinking in English. So when you wake up in the morning and you're

still lying in bed, think about everything that you need to

do that day - in English.

After I eat breakfast I'll walk to the bus stop

and I'll catch the bus to work. On the bus, I'm going to read my book.

I'm meeting Matilda for lunch today and I think we're going to get takeaway and eat it

in the park. It's going to be such a nice day.

So when thinking in English

sentences and planning your day with simple sentences becomes easy, move on to

thinking in conversation. Now, this is great when you're sunbaking on the beach

or hiking up a mountain or you're in the shower getting ready for your day

and you have some time alone in your head. So there's nothing to distract you!

Now thinking in conversation is really great because you're asking the questions then

thinking of answers to those same questions and also ways to keep the

conversation going, so it's really great conversation practice.

Now, if talking to yourself in your head sounds strange or silly...

well I guess it probably is! Get one of your friends to help. And no, I don't mean

ask one of your friends to have a shower with you, that would get maybe a little

bit weird and awkward. You might not have the same relationship again after that.

I just mean, imagine that they are part of the conversation in your head,

so when you're asking the questions, how would they answer?

What would they think about the things you're saying?

As you're walking down the street, in your head you could be saying "It's so hot today, isn't it?"

"Yeah it is! I wish I brought my hat, that sun is scorching! It reminds me of a week that I

spent in Dubai actually. It was over 40 degrees Celsius!"

"Hey are you sure that Sally's meeting us here? We've been waiting for so long now!"

Practising this skill and doing it regularly will help train your brain to think in English.

I recommend that you find a time in your day where you always do this every day.

So for example, every morning after you brush your teeth, spend five minutes

thinking in conversation or planning your day. Or it could be on your lunch

break. Work on it every day and you will make it happen! You will train your brain

to think in English so that when it comes to speaking in English, it flows

naturally. Your words flow naturally because you're not translating in your

head. You're thinking in English.

Now, there's heaps more videos to watch on my

YouTube channel and if you sign up for my emails on my website, you'll get five

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See you soon!