Some people start their English learning journey with a clear purpose in mind. They either do it to better their job, seek employment in an English speaking country or for educational purposes like scholarships or Erasmus experiences.
Other students don’t have such a direct and clearly defined goal in mind when they start learning the English language. They do realize the importance and value of knowing a second language; however, they aren’t motivated by an immediate goal.
If You Have The Time Try To Remove Your Translation Filter
English students who aren’t pressed by time or results have a unique opportunity when it comes to learning the language. They can learn it in a natural way, one which allows them to use it without permanently translating words and phrases in their native language. While the learning process might be a more difficult one, the results are certainly worth it, allowing students to more easily learn, understand or converse in the English language.
Most students, especially beginners will think that this task is impossible and that they can never learn to think in a new language. What they don’t realize is that they already started the process of thinking and speaking their second language without translation. Words like hello, goodbye, thank you or other simple and very common phrases are immediately understood without the need for translation.
Practice And Continual Use Is The Best Way To Reach This Level
The only way you will end up speaking English without having to translate things in your head is by practicing and actually using what you learn. There is no way to substitute work, however, there are some tips and tricks that can help you reach this level quicker, easier and maybe even have some fun along the way.
The first and most obvious way to work out your “non-translating” muscles is to not use a dictionary that translates things from your language to English or back again. Try learning new words by reading their English definition. This won’t just help you develop a larger vocabulary; it will also help you better you skills when it comes to becoming a fluent speaker.
Another issue you have to tackle is the way you write down and define certain things. Try to always go for the English language, regardless of how complex the word or grammar rule is. Find synonyms and use them as often as possible in order to maximize your English proficiency and also in order to learn how to intuitively know the meaning of words without having to translate them mentally.
Using idioms, certain words or expressions that have no equivalent in their native language is another easy method to help students lose the translation approach and try to incorporate the English language into their thinking patterns.
Another interesting technique that can work particularly well with intermediate and advanced students is to demand quick responses to anything. Quick reading, writing and speaking can help students improve their reaction times in daily conversation and with enough practice, can lead to the direct use of English without an extra translation filter.