Do you want to Train your Brain to think in English?
Thinking in English is a very difficult thing to do. When you feel that you simply do not have the words or expressions to form sentences in your head, what can you do to help yourself?
Well, it does take a lot of time and hard work to get there, but it can be achieved.
So, let’s see how we can train our brain to think in English.
1 - Surround yourself with English
When you hear English being spoken regularly and see it in writing all around you, then you will be better able to pick up new words and phrases. Try to implement English in your daily life, and that’s not just an hour of study in the evening.
Watch TV programs and movies, listen to music, podcasts, news bulletins, and audiobooks. Read short stories, magazines, newspapers or even food menus.
You will be surprised as to how much you can absorb from being exposed to all that English!
2 - Try not to overcomplicate things
If you are a beginner learner, try not to make things too difficult for yourself, as you may end up getting seriously demotivated. Keep it simple!
Try naming objects, places, verbs; anything that you can see in your surroundings!
Say that word every time you see it, and eventually, you won’t even need to think of the word in English, it will pop into your head immediately!
3 - Talk about your day
A great way to be able to use full and descriptive sentences is to simply talk about your daily routine. You could start off by keeping it simple and gradually using more and more descriptive words, nouns, adjectives or grammar structures.
For example, ‘I got up at seven o’clock, then I ate breakfast’, to ‘I got up around seven o’clock this morning. After that, I ate eggs for breakfast’, to ‘This morning, I rose at around seven o’clock.
After that, I walked to the kitchen where I cooked some boiled eggs for my breakfast. It was really delicious! Then I got ready for work’.
This is a simple but effective way of training your brain to think in English, as it is very gradual, and there are literally thousands of scenarios you could be in every day!
4 - Use what you know
Many English learners feel shy, afraid or embarrassed to speak English. They think that they do not have enough vocabulary or know the correct grammar to be able to form sentences.
Well, without practicing and using your English, it will be almost impossible to improve. Use what you know, even if it is not 100% correct; the more you speak and write, the quicker you can start to think in English.
Use what you have; the rest will come gradually!
5 - Don’t overload yourself in English sessions
Imagine that you have a science test tomorrow morning. You were supposed to study at the weekend but your friend came over and you got side-tracked.
Now, it is Sunday night and you are trying to cram all of the information into your head. But every time you try to test yourself, the words are gone! That’s because your brain is unable to process so much information in one go.
Learning new information is much more effective when we learn in small chunks on a regular basis. It gives your brain time to process and absorb the information. So next time you are trying really hard to learn a lot of words in one go; stop!
Get up, go for a walk, listen to some music, make some tea, sit in the garden or even sleep on it!
When you return to your study, you will be surprised at how much you actually remember.
Your brain needs a rest too, to be able to function properly!
Did these points help to train your brain?
Hopefully, by trying out some of these tips, you will be able to improve your brain’s ability to think in English.
Remember to be consistent, use the language that you have while learning more, but also, to give your brain time to rest so that it can work most effectively at acquiring and retaining new words and expressions.
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