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What is the best technique: translating texts from Portuguese into English or from English into Portuguese?
I understand English very well, but when it comes to speaking, I sometimes forget the words. To solve this problem, I just have to talk and in time it will be easier, but I was thinking that maybe a good technique would be to translate some texts. But the real question is, how should I translate?
May 29, 2020 1:40 AM
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Congratulations on including the relevant information — so many learners fail to do so. In a way, you’ve answered your own question. You write “I understand English very well, but when it comes to speaking, I sometimes forget the words.” You need to practice the skill that’s challenging you. Of course translation is *not* the only method, but if you choose to use it, I’m afraid you’re going to need to translate from Portuguese into English. You should keep it within your ability, for example, just use ANKI flashcards to practice individual words — that way, you won’t have to worry about grammar while working on vocabulary (work on grammar separately). At the same time, get lots of exposure to spoken English so you develop the ability to understand in real time as you gain passive knowledge of vocabulary and sentence structures. Happy learning!
Bem vindo a italki, e boa sorte na aprendizagem !
May 29, 2020
I am wondering about this myself. I plan to work in the hospital as a translator and trying to figure out the best way to practice it. I also practice code switching between Portuguese and Arabic.So, I can do it if someone is speaking slowly but it becomes hard when they speak quickly because I tend to forget things that were said. For a long time, I thought that berro meant to throw something really hard.
May 29, 2020
Language Skills
English, Portuguese
Learning Language