167: How to stop translating in your head

<p>Arnie asks: "How can I stop translating in my head when people speak to me in French?"</p> <h2>Episode Summary:</h2> <ul> <li>See episode 87 for a previous answer to this topic</li> <li>Translating in your head is a very common problem</li> <li>There's no quick fix I can give you, only some encouragement and a helpful way of thinking about the problem</li> <li>To state the obvious: When you understand what's being said in French, you have no reason to translate</li> <li>Therefore, the more you improve, the less you translate</li> <li>This is good to remember, as it helps you realise it's a gradual process</li> <li>For me, translating tends to be a grammar issue</li> <li>My Cantonese right now - often I'll understand something in Cantonese, with no translation. Sometimes, I'll come across a sentence that's grammatically different and I'll need to translate it in my head in order to make sense of it. This dies away over time, as I improve.</li> </ul> <p>Key points:</p> <ul> <li>Spend more time listening and reading</li> <li>Grow your vocabulary</li> <li>Start using monolingual dictionaries</li> <li>Do more of your daily activities in French</li> </ul> <p>Some deeper approaches to studying:</p> <ul> <li>When you learn new grammar, focus on grammar patterns, not individual verbs</li> <li>With these new grammar patterns, try to get into the head of a native speaker, and feel the way an idea is being expressed - the attitude or feeling - rather than focus on the English translation</li> <li>Work with full sentences in your study, not single words</li> </ul> <h2>Today's Quote:</h2> <ul> <li>“You don’t learn a language, you get used to it.” – Katsumoto</li> </ul> <h2>Start speaking today:</h2> <p>I’d like to thank <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target= "_blank">iTalki</a> for supporting the show. To claim your free lesson and start speaking today, visit: <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes" target= "_blank">http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/italkishownotes</a> </p> <h2>Do you have a question?</h2> <p>Ask me your language learning questions by <a href= "http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/ask" target="_blank">clicking here</a>, and I’ll do my best to feature it on the show! Also, <a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/itunes" target= "_blank">please subscribe to the show on iTunes</a> to get automatic updates.</p> <hr /> <p>Thanks so much for listening to this episode of the podcast! If you’ve got any comments about the show then please leave them in the “comments” section below! If you’d like to help me out, then I’d love it if you could…</p> <ul> <li><strong>Share the episode</strong> using the social media buttons around you</li> <li><strong>Leave an honest review and rating of the podcast on iTunes</strong> (<a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/review" target="_blank">click here to do that</a>)</li> </ul> <p>iTunes reviews in particular really help the rankings of the podcast and help me to reach other aspiring language learners out there! See you in the next episode of the I Will Teach You A Language podcast!</p>

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