Do you still translate English in your own mind when you're speaking or listening? That can be frustrating, but it's also very normal. In this episode of the More Than English Podcast I'm going to share with you a simple 2-part trick to TRAIN YOURSELF to think DIRECTLY in English.
Below are some of the key vocabulary and expressions you will hear in the episode.
More Than English Podcast
Episode 4: Think DIRECTLY in English
VOCABULARY and EXPRESSIONS
(The words and terms are in order of when you will hear them)
To go swimmingly – Time that passes really well. You’re enjoying your time.
“I’m going to try to have your next 20 minutes go by swimmingly.”
Target language – the language you’re trying to learn
“I’m going to show you a trick to think directly in your target language.”
Let’s face it… – (Fluency builder) Let’s be honest.
“Let’s face it, that’s what we do normally, isn’t it?”
To be in _______ mode – to be mentally focused on a certain thing.
“How can we train our brains to be in second-language mode?”
To tickle somebody’s ears – Telling somebody something that you think would make them feel good whether it’s true or not.
“Don’t just tickle my ears here. I want to know your real opinion.”
…almost two years ago now – A natural way to explain something happened X time ago. Stressing that it doesn’t feel that long ago.
“Sadly she died almost two years ago now.”
The grocery store – The supermarket
“I was imagining having conversations with the person at the grocery store.”
by myself – Alone
“I was imagining these conversations by myself in Spanish.”
I would find myself ___ing – You suddenly realize you’re doing something (Purple Belt)
“I would find myself stopping in the middle of the street to look up a word.”
You’ll be surprised at _____ – Useful expression when giving a suggestion
“You’ll be surprised at how well this works.”
Silent mode – Making your phone notifications silent
Shame on me – When somebody did something to be embarrassed about
Where was I? – Use this when you were interrupted doing something, and then you return to the topic.
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