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Are you thinking in English?

When learning a new language like English, it's helpful to start thinking in that language rather than translating from your native language. Doing this will make you speak more fluently. Here are some tips to help you think in English.


1. Learn new words: Write down new words and their meanings in a notebook or on your phone. Try to use the new vocabulary as often as possible.


2. Practise conversations: Choose a topic and pretend you're speaking to someone about it. You can pretend to order food at a restaurant or imagine talking to a friend. If you're trying to learn a new list of words, you can ask yourself questions about the words. Practising this way builds the habit of thinking in English.


3. Talk to yourself: In the exercise above, you've been saying words in your head, and now you need to start saying words out loud. Describe your feelings, plans, activities, or what you're doing.


4. Immerse yourself: Surround yourself with English as much as possible. Listen to podcasts, music, read books or blogs, and watch videos in English. Immersing yourself helps you absorb the language, and repeating words and phrases lets you use them fluently.

5. Get creative: If you can't remember a word, find a different way to describe it. To express your ideas, use phrases like:

· It's the opposite of _________________

· You use it to _________________


6. Become monolingual: Switch to a monolingual dictionary (English to English) instead of a bilingual one. Even though it might take more time, it encourages you to think in English.

Thinking in English will boost your language skills, and practising consistently will help you become more fluent.

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