THINK in English – STOP translating in your head! ACHIEVE in 5 STEPS!


(upbeat music) – Hello everyone and welcome
back to English With Lucy. Today I am going to teach
you how to train yourself to think in English and thus
stop translating in your head. I have got five steps. They may seem simple at first glance, but the devil is in the detail. If you follow these five steps, you’ll be well on your way to
thinking completely in English with no need for translating in your head. Right, let’s get started with step number one, word identification. So when you’re training
yourself to think in English or any other language, the first thing you should do
is start with simple words. When we are children learning a language for the very first time, we
start off with individual words, so that’s what we’re going to do here. Wherever you are, whenever
you become aware of the fact that you have an opportunity
to learn some English, you might be on the bus, you might be walking somewhere, you might be sat at home like
a lot of us are at the moment. Look around you, what do you see, start picking out words
from your surroundings. They’ll probably be nouns at
first so I can see windows, curtains, radiators, boxes
’cause we’ve just moved. If you identify a word that
you don’t know in English, you’re going to need to note it down, but I don’t want you to write
it down in your own language. I want you to describe
it using the language that you do already have. We need to get out of the habit of relying on our first language. At the end of the day, look at your new word
list and go through Google in English preferably, trying to work out what
all of these things are. Now let’s move on to step number two which is silent narration. When we’re small children,
we start with words and we move on to simple short sentences and then as we grow older
they become more complex. It’s exactly the same when
you learn a second language or additional language. Just like we did in step one, I want you to look around
but think more about what is happening rather
than what there is. Narrate what you are doing,
what animals are doing, what is happening around you. So this means you’re going to
start needing to use verbs. Every time you come across
something that confuses you, something you don’t know how to describe or narrate in your head, you need to note it down to ask your teacher or language partner. Which brings me on to step three. Step three is daily correction. You need correction
ideally every single day. It’s very, very difficult
to learn a language to a fluent level without
having someone else help you. To keep your mind connected
to English all the time, it is important that you study every day. The best possible way
of doing this is taking a proper English class with a native-speaking qualified
teacher every single day. Now, this might seem
impossible to many of you because of time, money,
and travel constraints, but trust me, there is a solution. Lingoda, the sponsor of
this particular segment has extended access to their
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it’s suitable for everyone. I’m very happy to share
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many of their lives. I’ve also tested out a fair few lessons and the standard of teaching was excellent as with the materials. And it’s perfect for you
and your daily correction because you can interact
with native-speaking qualified teachers anytime, anywhere, as long as you have a
stable internet connection. And group sizes are really small with an average of just three per class. So how can you participate? Well, you’ve got to click on
the link in the description box and sign up before the 3rd of April and pay for your first
month to secure your spot. You can use my code, SIGNUP5 for 10 euros off your first month. Lingodo will refund
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following the contest rules. But remember sprint places are limited. This is a language school, places fill up. So you have the link
in the description box. You have my code, SIGNUP5 for
10 euros off your first month, what are you waiting for? Let’s move on to step four. Step four is self-conversation. (laughing) Having conversations with yourself. It sounds like something
a crazy person might do, but actually it’s not at all
crazy, it’s very, very useful. This is going to help you
practise asking questions and giving replies. It’s training you to
go through the motions of having a conversation
in another language. It seems simple, but you’ve
got to force yourself to do it. Not only is this going to help you train yourself to think in English, it’s also going to help you with your general conversation in English. When you become stuck,
don’t forget to note it down and then bring it to your teacher or your language partner and they should be able to help you. Now, if you do this enough, if you have enough
conversations with yourself in English or your chosen language, you might find that you
start to automatically think in English without even trying. It happens to me in Spanish all the time. I was so obsessed with
Spanish when I was really in the process of learning it. I’m always learning, but when I was really trying
to get to that fluent level, I always used to chat
to myself in Spanish, out loud at home and in my
head when I was in public. Even now, I’ve lived away
from Spain since 2014 so, six years (giggling) but
I still think in Spanish. I’m going to talk about this
more in step number five, but what you’re doing here
is mimicking immersion. By always having English
going on in your head you are mimicking being in England and having English conversations or any other English-speaking
country of course I’m not biassed, well, I totally I’m. And step number five is actually immersion or near immersion. Full immersion surrounding
yourself by English isn’t totally possible for everyone. The best thing you can do is get up and go to an
English-speaking country, but that’s very hard at the moment. What you’ve got to do
is create a fake England or America or Canada or
Australia around you. Start and end the day
with your chosen dialect. If you have a TV in your bedroom
or a radio in your bedroom or even on your smartphone, set it so that in the
morning instead of an alarm, a radio switches on. A radio that has spoken
in your chosen dialect. Maybe you could use a VPN
to access British morning TV or American morning TV. Something that seems very
mundane and would be very mundane for native speakers, but
mundane is what you want, it’s the every day immersion. Another great option is making friends and speaking with natives. I have a whole video about this. Many people find this very difficult, which is why I made the
video to help you out. I’ll put it up there and I’ll also link it in the description box, but in general, people feel like there
are more students wanting to learn English than
there are English speakers wanting to speak to students. And this is true, but
there are ways around that. So I really do recommend that video. If you find it really difficult
or really anxiety-inducing, then you could set up English
nights or English sessions with your friends or
maybe just with yourself. It’s absolutely fine to
continue doing this by yourself. As I said, it’s better to have help, but not everyone wants that. Throw a dinner party in English, buy an English cookbook or look
at English recipe websites. There are loads. I’ll put some recommendations down below. But BBC Good Food is a great one, we do a lot of British dishes there. Look for chefs like Jamie Oliver, he does a great 15-minute meals
range that are really quick and easy and supposed to be quite healthy. Follow the recipe in English. Narrate as you do it, identify words around
you as you’re doing it, and then serve it in English
with your friends or not, and have either real or
silent conversation as well. Now what will you start noticing? How will you know when you’re finally able to think in English? One thing I noticed was that
I started dreaming in Spanish and my brain got really confused and I actually started dreaming of my parents talking to me in Spanish. It was very odd because
it wasn’t my mom’s voice, but it was my mom’s
speaking to me in Spanish. You’ll also find yourself
understanding jokes and humour, and that’s something that’s
really, really enjoyable. And you’ll also surprise
yourself on multiple occasions when you realise, oh my God, I was thinking in that language, when you hadn’t even tried to you realise that it’s
becoming second nature. And one of the best things is
when you can think of a word in the language you’re learning, but you can’t think of
it in your own language. That’s so weird when that happens, but it really means
you’re getting somewhere. Your brain is automatically
going to the language you’re learning first. Right, that’s it for today’s lesson, I hope you enjoyed it and I
hope you learned something. Please feel free to share
any more tips down below, especially if you’ve managed
to start thinking in English and to stop translating in your head. Don’t forget to check out Lingoda
and their language sprint. The link to sign up is
in the description box and you can use my code, SIGNUP5 to get 10 euros
off your first month. Don’t forget to connect with
me on all of my social media. I’ve got my Facebook, my
Instagram, my Twitter, and my personal YouTube page
where I talk about everything that isn’t related to English. I will see you soon for another lesson. (kissing) (upbeat music)

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