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Non-native speaker, like us, tend to first translate what he hear into his native language. Then, he think in his own language and translate what he think into English again. Thit is biggest obstacle for non-native speaking adult in learning English.
I went to visit one of my friend last weekend, What really surprise me is that her daughter, who is only 9 years old and came to Toronto for only 2 years, can speak English really like a native speaker. After talked to her for a longer time, I found that she even speak English with her parents in her daily live. Besides, her Chinese retrogress significantly. When you speak Chinese, she will think for little while and answer you in English. I think that means now she already think in English and have to translate Chinese into English when you speak Chinese to her. That is why her English improve so fast.
I know talking about English thinking is easy and it will be much much difficult of doing so. But if you know this is key point and practice little by little, your English proficiency, especially listening and speaking, will improve eventually.
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