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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


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


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


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

to improve your language skills

finally number nine

Our last tip to help you think in English is to just do a little bit each day

So don't force yourself to think in English all day every day from the get-go or from the beginning just start with

30 seconds, I'm sure that you can think in English for 30 seconds. You could set an alarm

Maybe every day at 9 a.m.. You're going to think in English for 30 seconds

So you know on your phone put an alarm for 9 a.m.

And you can title it think in English

And then set your timer for 30 seconds and just think in English no matter

How simple or how silly it is

You can just say hello to yourself over and over and over for 30 seconds. If that's the best you can do

I know you can do better. I know

But it's just an example that it doesn't matter how complicated your English is when you train to think in English

What does matter is that you

Start and that you are consistent. So do a little bit every day

And you're going to be thinking in English all day long in no time if you loved these


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