Have you ever wondered how to think in English. Your native language is not English, so you may find that you are translating all the time from your native language to English, just to have a conversation.
How can you avoid that? I have two things that I have tried while learning Spanish that I want to share with you:
Think of the phrases that you use all the time
When speaking, we usually use the same few phrases throughout the day. For example, when I wanted to improve my Spanish, I memorized a phrase that means, “I have not seen you in a long time”
When I saw a friend that I had not seen in a long time, then I had that phrase memorized that I could use. This kept me from translating from English to Spanish which was good, because it is not a phrase that you can directly translate, just by using words that mean the same thing.
Say the first thing that comes to mind
Another way to think in English is just to say the first thing that comes to mind. We’re all learning here, and we have to get comfortable with making mistakes. When we make mistakes, we remember a lot better than when we get things right, so just try to get all of your mistakes out of way! Make as many mistakes as possible. If you’re making mistakes, that means you are using the language.