Want To Step Up Your ENGLISH FLUENCY? You Need To Read This First
Do you speak with plenty of pauses and hesitations?
Do you get difficulty expressing your ideas in English?
Do you mentally translate from your native language to English but the sentences pop out incorrectly or unnatural once you speak?
If you would like to eliminate these problems and become fluent in English, the key is……..
Learning To Think In English!
The problem with thinking in your native language and translating is that it ends up in sentences that aren’t correct in English because the grammar and phrase structure is usually different in English and your native language.
Also, it takes an excessive amount of time to think and translate when you’re during a conversation – resulting in pauses, hesitations, and the inability to talk fast and fluently.
Many students believe that thinking in English is just too difficult, but I’m going to teach you ways to succeed. You’ll be able to learn this skill with practice, whether you’re beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
Level 1 – Thinking in individual English words
For example, after you get up in the morning, think about words like:
Bed, toothbrush, bathroom, eat, banana, coffee, clothes, shoes
Then when you move to work, think about words like:
Transport, job, company, customer, helper, office, colleague, boss.
During the day, still consider the individual English words for everything you see, hear, and do. Do this exercise – look around you right away and consider all English words you can. I’d imagine you’ll be able to consider a minimum of 10 words!
Level 2 – Thinking in complete English sentences
On this level, you think that incomplete phrases and sentences during the day.
When you’re at lunch, think:
I’m eating a sandwich.
My friend is drinking soda.
This restaurant is extremely good.
When you’re watching TV, think:
That actress is gorgeous.
The journalist has black hair.
He’s talking about politics.
It’s OK if the sentences are very simple, the foremost important part is to practice and develop the habit of thinking in complete sentences in English.
Level 3 – Functional English
On this level, you imagine having to use English for everything that you simply got to do. After each time you speak in your language, consider how you’d say that in English. For instance, how would you get a railroad ticket or order a drink in an English-speaking country?
A return ticket to Mansarovar Station, please.
Could I have lemonade with no sugar?
This helps develop your English for real-life situations – even if you’re only thinking and not speaking. If during this exercise you don’t know how to mention something, check your dictionary later. If you are doing this sort of “mental practice” regularly, you’ll develop the power to use English in any everyday situation.
Level 4 – Narrative English
(telling a story or speaking in English for an extended time)
It’s best to try and do this exercise when you have your time – like when you’re waiting in line or taking public transportation. Consider a memory or a story that you just would love to tell an English-speaking friend. Then “tell the story” in your mind in English. Because you’re only thinking, not speaking, you can relax and do your best without all the pressure of a true conversation.
Now Actions for Today:
I hope you can see that you don’t need to be super advanced to think in English – you can start today. Your action item is to settle on one of the four levels and check out it.
Thinking in individual words
Thinking in complete sentences