ESL and IELTS Help 4 U

Thinking in English

Posted on: September 9, 2010

For years, when we first start to study another language, we

1. know what we want to say in our own language. Then,

2. in our minds, we translate that into the new language. Then

3. we write or say it in the new language.

When I was in Thailand, learning Thai words, I did the same thing: thought of the word in English, translated into Thai in my mind, and then said it.

This is the only way we know how to do it.

There comes a day when we must begin to think in the new language, not translate in our heads.

In order to take this step, we have to trust ourselves. We have to take the risk of just saying the word or words in the new language. Maybe we’ll say it right. Maybe not. But we have to try.

We practice and practice and then it becomes easy. We must take this step to become fluent in the new language. Are you ready to trust yourself?

Have a wonderful day!!!


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