i could not understand how one can think in other language. i am just trying to learn English.in this global world english is become a global language. can anybody help me to thinking in english

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Reporteri could not understand how one can think in other language. i am just trying to learn English.in this global world english is become a global language. can anybody help me to thinking in english

Dear Reporter
Actually, no-one thinks in any particular "language"! We all think in ""ideas", "concepts", "feelings", etc.
So we do not actually think in words! We think in concepts, then translate our concepts into words in order to communicate our thoughts to other people!

The more you use a language, the quicker you will be able to use the words of that language. With frequent use, the language response becomes more instinctive and automatic.
When you speak, your English response will be so quick that it will seem that you are thinking in English, but really you will be thinking as you have always thought, but the language part of you brain, mouth and tongue, will provide you with the right words and grammar you need, "without thinking"!

Best wishes
Dear Brain

Thanks for your valuabel advice. actually i am facing day to day problem due to my weak english. you know english is a working language. i am a hindi speaking person. its era of globlization and india is one of the focesd nation. my problem is that i loose good opportunity due to my weak english. basicaly i am a Hindi Journalist.

Best wishes

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Thinking English -very interesting!!

I describe thinking in English that you automatically speak in English, it just flows out of you mouth. You don't have to translate your native-language-thoughts into English ones! And yes, you also dream in English! I can tell you that because I am experiencing it.

The only way I can think of that helps "to learn" thinking in English is living in a country in which English is spoken! It takes you a couple months though and you always have to talk English. You should not read books in different languages or talk with friends from back home in other languages than English. (Of course you can a little, but I would not!)

If you don't have this possibility, makes sense somtimes, try to get your environment "English". Hang up poster with English quotes, read English books and use English as often as possibel (like internet chatting with an American/British friend).

I hope I could help you!

Welcome to the Forums, Reporter,

First of all, I have to explain something regarding thinking and language.

TeacherBrian, this is not my own opinion, actually it is still a debate among language philosophers wheather we can think without the language. You are right, we think about concepts, sometimes visualize them when they are not abstract (though they can be visualized in the latter case as well somehow), but we usually talk to ourselves, in our minds, to analyse the situation, to convince ourselves of doing something, to arrange our thoughts, ... before talking to someone else or taking any actions, if necessary. Just think of scheduling your day, it's not only the concepts of taking a shower, having breakfast, getting ready, ... that comes to mind, you actually use the language, usually your first one, to put them in order: First I'm gonna take a shower and then have forbreakfast, egg is good, then I have to get ready, what to wear? .... Though some of the sentences could be ungrammatical, but we use the language to think.

And now back to you Reporter, if you got what I tried to say in the last paragraph, then you have a clue on how to think in English. Try to tell yourself in English what your plans are, what you want to do, where you want to go, .... It's not easy at first, but after practising it for some time, you'll be able to communicate with yourself(! Emotion: smile ) and others in English. And of course, you have to read and listen in English as much as you can. Good luck.

PS. Some second language learners translate the sentences from the foreign language to their native one, try to avoid that, no translation!
Thank you Jake

i am traing to imprve my english. your sugestions are useful for me. i want to overcome fromm hesitation which i face during conversesion in english. actually i could not find right words in right time. i have something is to say but due to lake of word i cant express myself verywell. how can i translate my thought into good and communicative word is my problem. i can understand and read english.


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Did you mean explain/convey your thought? You are not supposed to translate!
yes i cant explain my thoughts properly. how can i overcome from hesitation?

Read, read, read. Speake, speak, speak. Listen, listen, listen. Write, write, write!

If you read enough while paying attention to the vocab and grammar, you'll recognise your own mistakes. And when you speak or talk, you'll notice your weak points, write them down and try to work on them more! You can start your reading with simple texts (Longman has a good collection of simplified stories, I'm sure you can find another books as well.)
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