Some sentences that I´ve come across when speaking with people who can´t learn a language properly are: “I can´t find the words”, “I try to translate my speech but it´s too hard”, “My head is a mess” and I can understand why they say so.
People think that speaking a foreign language is having dictionaries in your head and looking up words in order to translate the sentence that you thought in your native language into your goal language and that´s not the way. Your brain has to go directly into the target language area and search in there for the right structures and words.
Yes but how can I do that? The secret is in the input. The more you listen to native speakers, the more you read in your target language, the easier will be for your brain to get used to the natural structures and to find the right words in the target language area. It is not compulsory to understand 100% of the content but to have a fair comprehension of what we are reading or listening. There are many podcasts and leveled books which are a great help to achieve this goal.
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