We have taken a look into how thinking in English can enrich your experience and improve the way and pace in which you learn the language. It can be done by anyone and it can help any type of student from the absolute beginner to very advanced and almost fluent ones.
It’s the best way to practice
One of the biggest advantages of thinking in a foreign language is that you can make your mistakes without being embarrassed or stressed that someone might think less of you. So you can practice endlessly and try all types of situations or pronunciations without fear of judgment.
While it all sounds fantastic here are some steps you might consider taking if you don’t know exactly where to start from.
For starters, you will need to understand a bit about how your brain works to properly use it to learn a second language faster. The circumstances in which you start thinking in a second language are extremely important and can have a big influence on your success. Let’s say, for example the people from your birth place have a different accent than your normal accepted native tongue. When thinking about their childhood in that certain place, most people would be able to replicate the accent perfectly even if they lost it or haven’t used it in decades. That is because they set the correct framework that helped them immerse in that certain experience.
Always be curious
1. That’s why you should always create circumstances that reflect what you’re trying to learn. To put it simply, immerse yourself in the English language before taking the conscious decision to think in it. Watch a movie, listen to music, read something or learn something about the culture. Involve all aspects of your life from the language on your phone to your social media settings, anything that will set the mood correctly. It will create the perfect framework for you to begin thinking in the language of choice.
2. Don’t be too hard on yourself. To make this work you need to be 100% devoted, and this means that under no circumstance should you make excuses for yourself. Don’t stress too much about what you know or don’t know; use the words/idioms/phrases you know and fill in with your native language what you don’t. Remember the importance of creating the perfect context and just learn as much as you can. You’ll find that in no time you’ll pick up and use words that you heard in a movie or in a song, words that you didn’t learn from a book but that you assimilated by thinking in English.
3. Allow yourself to make mistakes, just make sure you keep motivating yourself to think in English and even talk to yourself. Talking to yourself can be a great way of improving your English knowledge and can give you the added benefit of rehearsing and improving your accent and pronunciation. Also remember that the brain can’t tell the difference between thinking and doing as it sends and receives the same stimuli. So, basically every minute spent thinking in English can be considered a minute spent learning and practicing your English skills.