How To Think In English And Stop Mental Translation

How To Think In English And Stop Mental Translation

There’s a common confusion between Thinking in English
and mental translation and in order to do one you have to stop doing the other And that’s exactly what I want to talk about
In this video Okay I need to think in English okay what
now sport I’ll talk about sports Yes volleyball I like volleyball it’s a good
sport My favorite player is Giba
Giba is, Giba is, o que o Giba é em inglês Oh no, now I’m thinking in Portuguese
Damn does this happen to you? how can you think in English and stop translating
in your head? Hey, there! Teacher Prix here to help you talk to anyone
anywhere anytime in English thanks for joining me on another video and
if you are you new here, hey thanks I hope you enjoy this video
And make sure to subscribe every week i post different kinds of videos to help people from
all over the world improve their English skills and become more confident speakers
Many students tell me it’s difficult to think in English because when they start doing this
exercise they get stuck and start translating things
Because they don’t know a word they don’t an expression They don’t know how to make a phrase so they start translating
going back and forth native language English English native language many people do what
I did at the beginning of the video The start to think in English but when there’s
a problem when there’s a word they don’t know they panic and they go back to their native
language Another possible situation is when students
start in their native language they do all the mental planning in their language and only after that they start thinking about the phrases
they were thinking before in their language that’s mental translation
That’s not thinking in English to do this exercise you need to understand there is a
difference between thinking in English and mental translation
You may also have some problems in terms of your limitations you are learning you are
an English learner so sometimes you may have vocabulary limitations verb limitations structure
limitations sample present simple past present perfect well you don’t need to know all these
names but you probably need to know how to use them and you may have this limitation
as well Now to truly think in English when you are
doing this exercise you need to start in English and keep going okay but then
you may have a question but Priscila okay I start thinking in English but suddenly there’s
a word or phrase I don’t know how do I do it I have to stop you know when that when
that happens to me I explain to myself well I don’t know this word in English so I will
try to think of another phrase of a different way to say it okay so this is something you can
do. Another possible problem that caused you to have this issue of not knowing the
word is the preparation That’s why I make so many videos here on my
channel where I show you how to think in English and talk about your routine how to think in
English and talk about likes and dislikes This is preparation and that’s where many
students fail to do if you don’t prepare yourself when you try to think in English you won’t
do it because we are not Americans we are not Canadians we’re not Australians so thinking
in English does not come naturally and automatically to us.
We need to prepare to do that, but because we don’t we get stuck
No I’m not saying that after you do the preparation you will have no problems no but you will have
less problems If you prepare yourself before you do it. How do you do this preparation
remember the example at the beginning of the video I was trying to think in English about volleyball in this case I probably didn’t prepare myself
to think about volleyball because I didn’t know the position of my favorite player in
English so how should I have prepared myself for it I should have gone on Google and searched
for volleyball players positions in English How to say volleyball positions in English
and I need to do this research in English already another common problem many students
have many times with search for English information in our native language so immerse in English
and start doing your research in English already google is a very smart tool and I’m sure that
if you type the right words you can get a lot of information. I tried I went on Google
and I typed volleyball position in English and I got amazing results I didn’t know some
names in English you know and I learned. So that’s how you prepare yourself if you
want to try to think about a sport or to think about your weekend or to think about your
routine Preparation but preparation in English
Now when it comes to the translation translation is a habit when you were learning English
you probably used a lot of translation at the beginning and it’s okay at the beginning
we are a little bit lost And if you’re studying alone it’s difficult
to have the right guidance and the right direction so you probably used a lot of translation
at the beginning And I am not saying that translation is 100%
bad sometimes we need to do a little translation it happens what I’m trying to say here that
it’s not okay is to completely rely on it and use it as a part of your study
and that’s what happens to many of us so you were building this process
For a long time now you unconsciously start translating things every time you see a new word because
you trained yourself to do it So now you are at a higher level you’re trying
to stay in English all the time to think in English all the time
You are having problems because you trained yourself to do the opposite.
Okay how do you break this habit by continually reminding yourself that there’s a difference
between thinking and mental translation Every time you start doing this exercise and
you catch yourself Trying to translate stop and tell yourself
no translation that’s what I tell my students when they translate I look at them and say
hey no translation I don’t need you to translate it to me.
I already know it. So This is a reminder. What I’m doing there
is breaking a pattern when my student does that I break the habit I break the pattern
if you do that by yourself you are going to start noticing you will automatically stop
yourself and say no translation and you will go back to the exercise
With time you will do this less less and less. Also keep in mind that this exercise of thinking
in English is a great opportunity to show you what you need to work on even with preparation
there will be times when you don’t know how to express yourself and it’s okay this is
exactly why you do that so that you can better prepare yourself for when you have to talk
to someone at a meeting or when you are traveling around the world this is preparation for the
real world you are going to communicate and talk to different people so that you can think
faster of what you should say next okay so the practice part is hard but the reward is
good I promise you. To finish up guys, the main focus of this
video is to show you that there is a difference between thinking in English and doing mental translation
All these things combined will help you think in english and ultimately will prepare you
for the real world where you need to think faster and speak English confidently
I hope this video was able to give you some ideas of how to change your habits and the
importance of paying attention to whether you are thinking in English or whether you
are translating in english. And if you are translating don’t feel frustrated
don’t feel bad change that Today start practicing and prepare yourself
before you can do this exercise that is the end of the video I hope you enjoyed it if
you found this video useful please hit the like button and maybe share it with your friends
on your social media why not thank you so much guys and I’ll see you next time bye



  • Clecius Ferreira

    This is the exact way to do that Prix good job. I have been Increasing the vocabulary. This is helping me too.

  • Virat Krish

    How to say time to others and what's mean in time on time.

  • Wilton Gomes

    how cute you saying damn love it kkk , keep up the great work with these videos ^^

  • everyday English Aimanno

    Thank you prix it is an useful lesson.

  • Sidnei Souza

    excelente seus vídeos
    muito bom mesmo

  • Rasmus A

    I personally don't think translation is bad at all, translation is demonized way too much, the only time that translation is bad is when it is word by word translation. It is a skill to be able to translate correctly back and forth from one language to other.

  • men men

    thank you very much it's very useful

  • Free Man

    thanks alot

  • Alex Akram

    @TEACHER PRIX first of all thanks a lot , 2 weeks ago I asked you in one of your videos (how to use Tv series to improve your english 3 simple tips , this question is

    thanks a lot , I am from iraq , please could you make a video how to use tv show and movies to improve english , should I watch with english subtitle or without ?do you recommend watch the movie or the episode for a lot of time ? Should I write down every sentence and every word ? please help me thanks

  • Elghazali Hasna

    thanks a lot for your tips it's very useful ^^

  • Eddie Oliver

    I already got to Like

  • Malkom Martin

    o.m.g. thank you very much, you made it easy.


    To be honest I'm a addicted in translation ahahahahahah
    BUT from here on out I'll make do and change this bad habit.
    Thanks a million for help us.
    God bless you and your loved ones!

  • Pedro Belmont

    Hello Teacher Prix!!
    How are you doing?
    Why didn't have live class today?

  • 朱金山

    English is my second language, those issues mentioned in this video did happened to me. It's time to change my translation habit. Thank you teacher PRIX.

  • Gabriel D.

    Amazing video as aways!

  • Alfiia

    When I try to think in english there are russian words that constantly displaces english thoughts) I wish one day I'll speak as fast and automatically as teacher Prix 😎

  • Tony D.C

    the video is very good but the girl spaking too fast and if a person is learning don't have much options, fast fast for one not native

  • hira

    I Love ur accent

  • Snacks will do

    This is useful I'm stuck in an intermediate level, because when I want to speak I often think in my language first, 'cause words don't come to my mind automatically. When are you going to do a live class. Let me know!

  • Marzuki Radin

    i enjoy your video

  • twistman zhou

    Hi, I come from China.
    I search "Think In English" then I get to you channel !
    I think your videos are really helpful. I have subscribed your channel.

  • Concetta Figura

    hi, I'm a new follower, your videos are useful and interesting and then you are a good teacher, thanks! I come from Sicily!!!

  • cuong lam

    lovely girl!

  • Juliana Tavares

    Again, I'm grateful for your videos! When I know that I will translate in my own language I stop and re-start to think again. It is not easy because sometimes you can forget and…puf! You translate! But when you start to put everyday your habit, you do naturally. I hope one day that I will think without translate! Thank you and keep doing it!😄❤

  • Luciana Duailibe Tavares

    Moro nos EUA e só percebi que você e brasileira por causa dos quadros atrás de você! Excelente pronuncia! Quero chegar lá!!! Continue fazendo videos assim, estará ajudando muitas pessoas! Congrats!!!!!

  • guitar107

    Hey, Priscilla, your videos are great. I'm an English speaker but am trying to brush up my French and German. I'm using your advice to start thinking in French or in German. Thanks for sharing all this information!

  • Mạnh Trần

    So good. But you should have Sub for many people don't know English and that they can understand all the words on the clip of you

  • Radwa Farouk

    Useful video as usual.thank you a lot for your efforts

  • alam shaheb

    good teacher…

  • Focus Tran Hoang Huy

    So great thanks

  • Odia gamer

    Nice video thanks

  • dmartinfpro

    Very useful video Graciela. Thank you!

  • ile vaan

    Actually we don't usually think by useing language in real life. We only use language expresing our thoughts.

  • David F. Cesar.

    Tu é brasileira? Kkkkk

  • Great Salvation

    good job))

  • Belaid Benhaddi

    Teacher prix your english make me crazy. ….i admire of yu….

  • Dairon

    Esta es la gente que le pone el alma

  • love pandey

    You're just amazing teacher. I watched many English teachers video and I found out you are really unique from everyone else. Your teaching style is effective and workable. Thank you and keep on making videos like this.

  • Danilo Figueroa

    she is amazing im love teacher

  • Matheus Moura

    It's amazing way to learn English with you. You're so sweet teaching… Congrats for your work!

  • sadiik Ali

    Are you married?

  • Glorymar Rivera

    I enjoy it all videos! You are the best teacher


    how can i be a speaker like you? ?? Thank you mam

  • عمار كسبلا IT

    You know I like your content it's very good

  • Eros Ravani

    It's hard but I'll try it. To me the problem in that case " stop mental translation" is me to have surely what I'm thinking do make sense. It's like that doubt. Do you understand? 😉


    My son, 9 appeared for an Audition in a story telling competition in his school but they rejected him . The main observations were
    1. Artificial Accent
    2. Lack of depth in voice and inability to convey emotions
    3. Incorrect Pronunciation of words, and mumbling
    Appreciate if you could tell me if these observations carry any weight ,

  • Fan de Fan

    i got it

  • Noah’s Mum

    I love 💗 the way you explain to us. You’re adorable teacher 👩‍🏫

  • Eyad Shaheen

    U r 👍

  • Morteza U

    You are wonderful !!!! Thank you so much

  • JBL-AL Sobrio

    thanks for this tips. mam. Its help me a lot ** when i observe myself when speak english., like you said, I have an limited voca, and verb, sometimes prep, so the result is grammar error., I'll try all the method as mus as I can.

  • Denise Badesso

    🌹 Hello teacher . When I forget any word I can to use another the same ?? Bye . Thanks

  • Bary Reque

    Good lesson, thanks

  • Solange Gonçalves

    I’m going to try it…
    I’m so happy because I ‘found out’ your channel !!! 😃😃😃
    By the way, did you live or study abroad?
    You’re English is impressive!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Abdul Qayom

    Best teacher in the world 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️

  • Claudio Correa

    Vc esta certa, quando vamos pensar em alguma coisa e não lembramos como pensar, temos que procurar por outro caminho, quanto mais se usa tradutores mais devagar fica, e olha que já colaborei muito com o Google tradutor, hoje em dia é muito melhor, antigamente era loucura confiar nele, agora pensar em inglês o tempo todo e a chave para a fluência,apesar de eu não gostar de escrever em inglês,eu escrevo quando estou aprofundando na forma de falar,tank you teacher Prix 🤝♥️☀️!

  • Maria da Conceição Mesquita

    Excelent lesson . I loved it . You ‘re the best teacher . Thanks so much .

  • Zahra z.m

    Hi dear.thank alot for your perfect videos.dear im an english teacher but i cant speak very well.can you help me please??

  • Paulo Bayerl

    você é Brasileira? hahaahah por isso te entendo bem seu inglês

  • Suyatno Yatno

    I think this way your were explained to increase my english
    It's very kind of you

  • cleofas pinto lima Lima

    Of course my old friend your yes my teacher wenderful friend

  • Direito Constitucional

    Teacher, what your name? Loved your video!

  • Rascal 451

    Cool lesson, thanks for your time for doing these videos.

  • Mithun Das

    I am from india

  • Paul Emmanuel Marcéus

    Why do I love her like I do ???

  • Raimundo Santos

    Are you Brazilian?

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