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Do you often translate in your head when you speak English?

Do you often translate in your head when you speak English?

Do you often translate in your head when you speak English?

Would you like to stop translating?

Listen to English a lot

The more that you immerse yourself in English, the more your brain will think in English.

This is the ultimate goal: Think in English so that you can speak in English.

You can listen to podcasts.

Or watch a movie on the weekend.

Or watch a YouTube video while you’re eating breakfast.

When you surround yourself with English, it will be harder to think about a word in your native language.

That’s the best way to stop translating in your head.

Use an English-only dictionary

Of course there will be times when you completely don’t know a word and you need to find the translation, but what about this:

You’re watching the TV show Friends.

Joey says, “I thought I saw the mailman leave something at the curb.”

If you know every word except for the word “curb,” this is a great chance to use an English-only dictionary.

You’d find that “curb” means “the edge of the sidewalk.”

Great! You learned a new word AND filled your mind with even more English.

Do you notice that the goal is to surround yourself with English?

Dive into the swimming pool of English!

Use sticky notes

If there are new words that you’re trying to learn, write them in a sentence on a sticky note and put them around your house.

It may seem silly, and this isn’t something that everyone will like, but it’s a good way to remind yourself about English vocabulary.

For example, let’s say that you want to remember the sentence, “Don’t forget to lock the door.”

Well, where would be a good place to put that sticky note?

I’d say probably on the door near your keys. Perfect!

When you learn with a full sentence, you’re creating a context and surrounding yourself with English.

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Harvey Yan

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