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Iqrar Ahmad Khan
Very nice article have never seen before yet

First of all i would like to thank Sir Sam Varley for sharing great experience to us through a superbbb article i.e "how to improve your speaking and listening skills in English."  Because this article is based on experienced and we everyone know very well success come from experience while experience come from bad experience. but now i am confused in one point i.e how to think in English?  it is difficult for me initially because my native language is KHOWAR which i think, everyone of the world don't know except Chitrali. Now when i want to speak in english first i have to think in KHOWAR then covert into URDU (National Language) and finally translate into English. So to speak in English i have to take three steps which complicate me a lot and i am confused.

hope respected teachers and English learner help me to solve this confusion as well as english thinking.

Thank You.



Feb 16, 2018 1:59 PM
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I think you have to practice a lot 
and when you listen to a sentence try to think it in English not in your native language
February 16, 2018

Yes - I had to look up Khowar, but in so doing I found this online dictionary: https://glosbe.com/en/khw and also found out that a classic children's book "Winnie the Pooh" has been translated into Knowar : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winnie-Pooh-translated-Khowar-Milnes/dp/4871873951

I think your problem with having to translate from Khowar into Urdu and then into English, is a perfect example of where it would be easier for you to "think" in English. 

To do this find English material online or on paper around subjects that interest you and where you already have some knowledge, When you read english material on those subjects you are more likely to understand it. As you read through take notes of phrases (not just individual words) which express ideas that you would like to say in English.

Use an online English dictionary to look up the meaning of words that you don't know, but read what they mean in English. For example, you might not know the word "apoplectic", but if you look it up here: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/apoplectic, you can probably understand the explanation which is made up of simpler english words.

Also immerse yourself in English in everything you do: change your phone or computer language menues to English, when you are cooking a meal think about how you would described the process in english (probably not the ingredients !!) , listen to English music etc.

I think that by cutting out the Urdu intermediate and trying to reduce "translating" from Khowar to English, will move your mind towards thinking in english. It will be difficult but hopefully less confusing.

February 16, 2018
 Nice from you.
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Iqrar Ahmad Khan
Language Skills
English, Urdu
Learning Language
English