THINKING IN ENGLISH

Good morning! There are people, who are of the opinion that if you think in a language then you are good at it. And that is why they insist that if you want to have a command of English, you have to first let it start talking to your brains. But that’s obvious; it’s surely not space science to gauge that the language you are good at, you are also bound to think in. Nevertheless, you can’t force your brains to begin to make use of a language that up until now was almost nonexistent in your psyche. It has to be a slow process. You will continuously have to bombard yourself with English — by constantly staying in touch with it to get your mind to acclimatise (get used to) itself to the new language. In fact, the real test of whether your mind has now started thinking in English will be to have a real ‘oral’ brawl (fight) in English. It is true that no matter how good a person is in a particular language, he or she will switch on to a language that he or she thinks in when fighting. For when you are having a verbal duel (fight), words just flow out like an avalanche (rush) and that’s where the real test of the language lies. Hence, don’t tax your poor brains by forcing them to think in English, it is not magic. Trick them, coax them into gradually thinking into the language of your choice. Let me now talk to you about an expression that is very commonly used but is completely hilarious (laughable) and wrong: A young boy came home and narrated to his parents the events of the picnic. “Dad, we freaked out at the picnic,” said the boy. The father looked askance (suspiciously) at the son and asked, “But you had gone for a picnic. Why on earth did you freak out?” “But that’s precisely what we had gone there for, to freak out,” answered the son. The father visibly upset; turned to his wife and said, “See now! I told you, he’ll be up to something. Find out what all has he done? I’ll get a call from the principal now.” Before the wife could say anything, the boy thundered, “But what have I done, I am saying, ‘I freaked out.’ What’s wrong with that? Mom, why does dad have to make an issue out of everything?” “Look at the nerve of the boy. He is saying, ‘he freaked out’ and I am making an issue,” said the father. He continued, “Who did you freak out at?” “I did not freak out ‘at’ anyone. I freaked out ‘with’ my friends,” said the irritated boy. “Hang on!” said the mom, “I think the ‘freak out’ is causing the problem here,” she continued. “Did you have fun there?” said the mom. “Yes, mom, that’s what I am saying,” said the boy. “But you said, you freaked out,” the dad spoke in. “That’s what ‘freak out’ means — to have fun,” said the boy stamping his foot. The mother said, “My dear child the meaning of ‘freak out’ is to be in a heightened emotional state of fear or anger’. That’s why we thought, you had a fight…” “Is that so?” said the boy, slightly embarrassed. “But then, you also said ‘fear’ why did you assume it was anger due to a fight?” and the scuffle (fight) continued…

Keep smiling…

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