How to Stop Translating in Your Head and Start Thinking in English Like a Native

How to Stop Translating in Your Head and Start Thinking in English Like a Native


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 English 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 level 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 autopilot 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 suggestions Let me know in the comments share this video with Your friends who are learning English or maybe your friends who are learning other languages because these tips totally apply to any language you are learning Thank you so much for watching be sure to subscribe to Go Natural English here on YouTube visit the website at GoNaturalEnglish.com and Thank you mwah. Love you guys. I’ll see you again soon. Bye for now

100 thoughts on “How to Stop Translating in Your Head and Start Thinking in English Like a Native

  1. Thank you for your kindness. Someone told me " If you dream in English that's mean you start to think in English " 😁
    I love English. 😘

  2. Well, you just turned the wonder on me to watch a Netflix movie in english. Please give me some advice, so we also have a little talk. What is your favourite show on Netflix?

  3. Web don' t understand conversational English because english people are always in a rush and speaks quickly.They don't take in account the listener.

  4. This video was awesome! I understood about 90-95% of this video! Thank you for do it and congratulations for your Portuguese! You're learning very well!

  5. i have understood almost the whole video with subtitles on. now i trying to improve my listening. Its so difficult understand what are people talking about. In the begining i'm thought that you was brazilian haha Brazil its watching you!! obrigado!

  6. how happy I am… I've understood the 90% you said withoud reading the subtitles. Great!!!!!!! Cuai bella!!!!!

  7. Omg, I'm so happy cuz I have improved my listening, and I was able to understand everything about your video, thank u! ♥️✌️⚡

  8. Right. I definetely agree with this video.
    So when I drive or take a shower, I try to speak in English in some virtual situation which I just imagine. But it's really hard.

  9. wow it’s totally works! right now when I fully listening to you it’s like I really understand everything you’ve spoken! thank you very much! cmiiw on writing because I don’t really know how to use grammar 😅

  10. pq vc falou livro em português? kkkkkk vc é muito linda, gamei…. comecei a treinar em inglês, de uns dias pra cá deu vontade de aprender inglês que estranho, espero que nao seja fogo de palha…

  11. Wow! when I was watch some video in english before, i was didn't understand a large part of it. But in this video I understand almost everything. Thanks for that! Subscribed 😉

  12. -_-"

    Pues yo pensé que hablarías en español, porque para mí sería fácil decirle a alguien que aprende español, OYE, piensa en español, no traduzcas en la mente… xD

  13. Close your eyes and think everything in English. If you do that you will be a English Speaking Master ! Everything that you see in your life

  14. Hi,,, sister.,,,,,💕New friend here.😘 I have Bangali language . I am not well in English.❤ It's really helpful channel for me,,,,,,👌👌Thanks for shearing.👍👍Stay connected❤❤ dear.

  15. Like me when I came to the US before 4 months ago it's was hard for me to speak. Because I used to Translation to my language after that make it in English . But it’s wrong way to speak

  16. I tried everything and end up to the thought that if you truly want to learn English, you have to teach yourself in your own way. No one can help you in your case as it is your personal identify that is really different than any others. (Srry for my bad English btw)

  17. Olá, boa tarde, ótimas dicas, sou brasileiro, se quiser bater papo , estou disponível, estou começando a engatinhar no inglês, mas estou adorando

  18. You are right in the points you made you are perrty amazing person. Im supize that you can speak and write arabic.english is languge of since and universal languge

  19. You lived and travled to many counties im sure you have seen a lot and learend many thing though your travling im syrian guy who dreamed of trvleing and learing new thing like tou do but cilvil war burst in my country from 9 years till now to get to power icoundt achive my dream becuse of has destroyed my life so i joined to police to make liveing. And i am looking to things that go worst in my country and to my life that ended qhen i joined to police to make liveing my deam was to learn english as native speaker and travle to many counties like you do i want always to learn new thing i feel allways like im hungry for knowlge and to see more of world im like orochimaru in Naruto anmie who is a sainticet who trying to unlock the mystry of the nuture in saintafic way

  20. Your tips are extremely inspiring!!! I would add another suggestion..find an English partner who does not speak your native language (and who is not interested in learning it…) 😉

  21. Thank you teacher Gabby! Your lesson help me a lot!!! Frequentely, I hear the lessons in my car after to convert one to mp3! Congratulations !!!

  22. I loved all the recommendations, cause this is my main obstacle, I used to translate all I'm going to say.. I mean ALL! Also you speak slowly and and could understand you at all.. Thank you, I'll follow all these tips 😉😊

  23. You know , unfortunately i have been lived in a country that there is no native english to speak with him , and nobody hasnt speak english in society … how can we improve our ability is there online native people to speak with them?🤔 im really thirsty in english , but my speed is very low with this sitiuations 🙁😔

  24. Hey!! Hello for all people friends here!! My name's Leonardo I'm from Brazil and I speak english very well, let's say it's like my second language. Greetings ✌☺👏

  25. Thanks a lot for every advice. ..you are fabulous. …l try to speak as a native American. When l stay alone but when I start to speak with people , l confuse

  26. Thank you for the informations. Keep helping us to understand the word of ENGLISH. Correct me if I'm wrong in my grammar 😂😂

  27. I'm teaching English for free on Convose incase anyone would like to join me. Just click on me "Josh" to start a conversation there on Convose.

  28. Wanna speak in English fluently then start your channel on youtube where you will only speak in English about different areas of our life. This will force you to explore the language itself, expand your vocabulary and mindset.

  29. Hey Gabby, could you explain why natives tend to say phrases like 'You're not being helpful.' instead of "You're not helpful" or "You don't help me"?

  30. The first time I've tried to see this video, it was difficult to maintain my concentration because of your beauty and the beautiful color of your eyes. In Venezuela, it is very difficult to find that color eyes. Afterward, I'd like to thank you for every one of your nine great suggestions to succeed in stopping the Spanish use when trying to speak English. They are great and very helpful. You're a wonderful teacher. Thanks again.

  31. Hi how are you ok let's introduce myself my name is vikky kumar I m from India and I m now out of country so I need learn English cause I m live alone that's why I m not speak very well so if you don't mind can you give me suggestion….

  32. Wow, you're like my nightmare teacher that has never lived in a country that doesn't speak English.. the idiot American who teaches English but has never been outside of America or the Idiot in London who teaches English to Italians but has never actually been outside of England. But who cares.. you're soooo cute…

  33. Good morning Gaby! How are you? Eu tenho uma sugestão para os seus vídeos. Ensina inglês de sobrevivência, tipo: aeroporto, direções, restaurante, Hotel, lojas, como fazer compras, o que perguntar, Quais são as perguntas e respostas? Na universidade, fazer uma matrícula, grade curricular, total de créditos para graduação, quantos anos é o curso de Economia, Quanto é a matrícula, como falar crédito teórico e prático em inglês.

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