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thinking in spanish when i speak english

I have a problem. When I try to speak or write English, i think  in spanish.it is very difficult for me don´t  translate word for word as if i was speaking in Spanish.
Any advice?
What I can do?

Jan 19, 2015 8:32 PM
Comments · 11

I suggest you can envolve yourself as much as you can in the English environment. For example: Like me, when I'm at home I usually listen to English videos/ talks like BBC News, Ted.com,... Or I'd like to read English books/magazines on the Internet, and for this you should read about the topics that interest you. In addtition, when I learn or practice/revise vocabulary, I always learn the group of words that linked each other naturally, therefore this helps me remember the new words more easily. such as some might say " yellow hair", but actually "blonde hair" is more precise and makes you sound more as a native speaker/ advanced learner.

Cheers!

January 20, 2015

I am sorry but it makes me think of a song in Spanish " Living with my wife but thinking of her " It is hard when you have two languages but it just takes practice. Your brain has to switch and it will learn to that. 

January 19, 2015

I do have a piece of advice for you: listen to more English. It really helped me, and I am sure it will help you. I suggest watching sitcoms such as New girl, how I met you mother, and the like.

Good luck 

January 19, 2015

Not too bad i suppose! Honestly, i use to do the same "mistake" while talking english with friends...oh and i am italian!! I think it's only a matter of time and practice, keep practicing and things will become easier and instinctive!!

January 19, 2015

I have the same problem only the other way around. I wonder if this happens to bilinguals?

January 19, 2015
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Silvia
Language Skills
English, Galician, Portuguese, Spanish
Learning Language
English, Portuguese