Previously we have discussed How to Speak English Fluently, in which we have mainly learned the basics to speak English fluently. Now we will move in to little depth and we will try to figure out the common problem that we face when we are trying to speak English and also we will learn how to overcome those obstacles.
The biggest and most important factor to speak English is –
We all speak our native languages fluently, quite naturally. The speech formation happens instantaneously and we don’t actually differentiate between a numbers of subsequent processes taking place when we speak. If we want to represent this by using a simple figure then probable it will look like this-
I hope everyone will be agreeing with me. Now if we are learning English Speaking and we are trying to speak this foreign language fluently like our own native language then one more step will come in between above two steps. This is the biggest mistakes made by non-native English speaker. Let’s have a look-
So now we found the main problem which is the reason why we are unable to speak English fluently like a native English speaker. A native English speaker will think in English and talk in English where as we will think in our native language then we will try to translate in English then we will speak in English. It is becoming a lengthy process for us.
After this lengthy process, the sentences that we form are not correct in English, because the grammar and sentence structure is often different in English and our native language.
Also, it takes too much time to think and translate when we are in a conversation – leading to pauses, hesitations, and the inability to speak fast and fluently.
Many of us believe that thinking in English is too difficult, but we will learn some easy steps to overcome these difficulties. You can learn this skill with practice, whether you’re beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
Our first step should be thinking in individual English words which we commonly see, hear & do throughout the day.
Like when we wake up in the morning, think of these words woke up, bed, pillow, Sun rise, morning, toothbrush, bathroom, eat, breakfast, bread, milk, banana, tea, coffee, juice, bath, clothes, shoes etc.
Now while you are going to work, think of words like car, traffic, job, boss, colleague, company, school, teacher, desk, computer, paper, pencil etc.
Throughout the day, continue to look around you right now and think of all the English words you can. And we will slowly make it a daily habit.
In this step, we will start thinking in complete phrases and sentences throughout the day. These phrases and sentences should be related with our surrounding, like
When we are at lunch, we can make small sentences like:
- I’m eating a sandwich.
- My friend is drinking soda.
- This restaurant is very good.
When you’re watching TV, think:
- That actress is beautiful.
- The journalist has black hair.
- He’s talking about politics.
It’s absolutely okay if the sentences are very short simple. But the most important part in this process is to practice and slowly develop the habit of thinking in complete sentences in English.
On this level, you imagine having to use English for everything that you need to do (Functional English). For example, how would you buy a train ticket or order a drink in an English-speaking country?
- A round-trip ticket to Central Station, please.
- Could I have a lemonade with no sugar?
This helps develop your English for real-life situations – even though you are only thinking and not speaking. If during this exercise you don’t know how to say something, check your dictionary later and try to describe it. Take an example: suppose you forgot the word “onion,” so describe by using simple English words which are easy to understand, “the white vegetable that when you cut it you cry” – it was a perfect description.
If you do this kind of “mental practice” regularly, you will develop the ability to use English in real life situation.
In this step we will try to tell a story or we will try to speak in English for little long time (Narrative English).
It’s best to do this exercise when you have some time – like when you’re waiting in line or taking public transportation. Think of a memory or a story that you would like to tell an English-speaking friend. Then “tell the story” in your head in English. Because you are only thinking, not speaking, you can relax and do your best without all the pressure of a real conversation.
I hope you can see that you don’t need to be super advanced to learn to think in English – you can start today. Your action item is to choose one of the four levels and try it!
- Thinking in individual words
- Thinking in complete sentences
- Functional English
- Narrative English
I just want to finish this article by writing this-
You don’t need to be a genius to become fluent in English – you just need to have dedication and practice consistently.
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