How to Speak English Without Interpreting Words in the Brain

How to Speak English Without Interpreting Words in the Speaking Brain – Have you ever wondered how we can think in English so we don’t have to worry about translating word by word from Indonesian to English in our minds?

Well, here I will give you tips and tricks on how to think in English!

When you think in English, you will learn English faster and it will be easier for you to master speaking skills.

Before that, you must first understand what it means to “think in English without translating it in your mind”

How to Learn English Without Interpreting Words in the Brain

Thinking in English without translating i.e. we try to “internalize” the language, that is (cont..)

we learn a language so well that we don’t have to think about it anymore.

Internalizing English means that you don’t have to remember rules (grammar rules) and pronunciation every time you speak English.

You just talk without thinking “rules.”

Native speakers and advanced learners of English sometimes do not always realize what they are saying is correct (grammatically) or not, because they have internalized the language.

Just like when we speak our language, Indonesian.

When we speak Indonesian, we rarely or almost never deliberately think about the rules of our language. So, we use the term “let’s just say that.”

So, how can we start thinking in English?

Let’s see right here!

There are a few easy steps that will really help your mind shift to thinking in English:

1. Think in single words in English

Do this when your mind is clear and you are not busy, 1-2 times a day.

Don’t worry if your English vocabulary is still limited, you can still think in English!

Start by thinking in one word. You can start by thinking about the names of the objects you see around you or the actions you take in your daily life.

For example, when you wake up in the morning, you can immediately think of words like “Good morning” or when you are going to sleep at night, you can think of the phrase “long day” “tired” “happy” “good night!”

Chances are when you are just starting out, you will find it difficult to consistently think in English.

Here are some tricks you can use to remind yourself to think in English at least once or twice a day:

– Use your phone. Make the reminder “Think in English” your lockscreen or cellphone wallpaper, that way you will (cont..)

always remember to think in English.

– Turn it into a game. Give yourself some sort of point every time you remember to think in English for +- 5 minutes. After you reach a certain number of points, you can give yourself rewards such as snacking or watching your favorite movie.

– Make notes containing vocabulary/phrases that are often used daily on the walls of the room. This serves to train you to think in English.

2. Tell me about your day

Do this when your mind is clear and you are not busy, at least once or twice a day.

Tell me what happened to you during the day. You can use the first person or third person (I/She/He) point of view.

For example:

This morning she woke up and prepared to face the day. Then she made herself a cup of tea. Next…”

This will allow you to practice using commonly used words, as well as pronounce complete and correct English sentences.

3. Practice talking to yourself

When you are alone and not busy, do this once a day.

Find a conversation topic and start conversing with yourself, pretend you’re talking to someone else. If you need to talk in front of a mirror and pretend that it’s someone else in front of you.

For example, you go to a restaurant or restaurant, you can imagine as if you are talking to the waiter, talking about the menu that you will order.

Waiter: “Hello, welcome to our restaurant. Do you know what you’ll be ordering?”

You: “I’m not sure yet. What do you recommend?”


By practicing with yourself, you will not be judged or afraid of being judged as well as can build your confidence before you can actually talk to other people.

After practicing talking to yourself and feeling confident and ready to talk to other people (two-way), you can invite one of your friends who is also learning English to practice speaking about other topics.

This is a website that contains 101 conversation topics for you to practice speaking both with yourself and with others!

4. Think creatively

Do this whenever you are confused, don’t know or forget a vocabulary in English.

When you are practicing conversation in English and forget the vocabulary, don’t open the dictionary right away, but think creatively. There is always more than one way to express something.

You can convey your ideas by thinking creatively and using other words.

For example, if you are trying to explain to someone that you have lost your key, but you have forgotten the English word for “key”, you might say:

“I can’t open my door because it’s locked,” or “I can’t get into my house, I lost the thing you use to unlock the door.”

Both sentences do not use the word “key” (key), but people can understand what you mean.

For example, if you don’t remember what “garage” is in English, you can say “the place where you park your car at home.”

So, if you are stuck when thinking in English, don’t give up immediately by opening a dictionary. But think of a way to describe the word.

This will really help you when speaking in English and suddenly forget the English vocabulary you want to say.

Here are some ways to describe a word you can’t or can’t remember in English:

– It’s the opposite of…

– It’s similar to…

– It’s a place where…

– It’s something you use to…

(This is something you use to…)

– It’s an action you do when…

5. Improve English vocabulary

Do it every time you think in English.

After thinking creatively, the next thing you need to do is prepare a small notebook that you can take with you or use a note application on your cellphone. Tb note–

Some Ways to Learn English Without Interpreting Words in the Brain


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