Is It Just Me or Do You Guys Do That Too?
Do you ever, like, make up scenarios in your head of you talking to a native speaker of your target language? Do you have conversations in your head?
I hope I'm not the only one =D
In your head? :-) I used to practice German by talking it out loud to myself while walking my dog. If some other dogwalker turned unexpectedly, I'd try to make it sound as if I was talking to the dog (who might have been far away at that moment, so I don't think I covered it up that well)...
You were only following in the tradition of Charles V, who (supposedly) said:
I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.
I'm sure he would have considered Swedish and Finnish suitable only for speaking to trolls and elves... X-)
Actually, I taught myself to use English in my head so much that it's sometimes hard to switch back to my native language.
All. The. Time.
And you know what? It helps a LOT!!!
It takes a lot of practice to get to the point where thoughts naturally group themselves in to words. One of my favorite imaginary conversation places is in the garden, when I'm weeding or doing other repetitive, relatively brain dead activities. I imagine my close friend right beside me. They are "tú". Then another person, a little farther away. They are "usted". Then a group of people nearby, who are "ustedes," and a group of people that are beyond eyesight, around the corner who are "ellos".
Then I ask them all questions, and answer for them:
¿Bebes leche? Sí, bebo leche.
Y usted, ¿bebe leche? Sí, bebo leche también.
Y ustedes, ¿beben leche? No, no bebemos leche.
(talking to "tú" again now) Y ellos... beben leche? No, beben vino.
Sometimes I get stuck and have to move to a different verb. Sometimes I forget who I've talked to and who I've left out of the conversation. But after a while you get a rhythm going and you imagine the people, and you address them directly or talk about them, and you imagine their responses. And then, in real life situation, when there actually IS a tú or ellos to talk to or about, the scenario and feel of it is familiar, and the words are just right. They just go with the situation and you don't have to think about it.
In the shower or with my dog I have the imaginary conversations out loud. It helps with pronunciation and with getting your mouth accustomed to forming unfamiliar sound patterns.
A simple tip, get your mobile phone out and talk to it. No awkward conversations outside anymore. ;)
Yes. I even sometimes go for a walk to a place without people and talk out loud :P
I did that once! And my sister walked right in on me, and gave me a what the heck look. I was so embarrassed xD
That's why I prefer going for a walk to a forest or something. The bushes don't mind a psycho talking to herself :P
Training yourself not to be embarrassed about anything is also very good. :-) It comes in handy when one starts practising one's new language skills with real people...
Well, my cat doesn't understand any commends in French. Unless his not being a monolingual but just a cat.
I think he probably understands you just fine, but just finds your attempts at commanding him mildly amusing.
It's a great way to practice. I tell my students to talk to the dog, the cat, or their plants in English, or comment to themselves about what they're doing.
Good question! Here a lingot! ^^ Yes sometimes it happens XD and I make mistakes... but we are here to learn no? :)
yes! all the time! Sometimes I will just talk to my little sister in spanish for five minutes and she gets really annoyed with me.:)
I'm always trying to make conversations in my head then I keep searching for opportunity to say it :-)
I always do that, and not only in the languages I'm learning but also in my Native language when I imagine talking about a certain topic or explaining something to someone. Sometimes I even explain things to people from the past in my head. I'm very... creative. When I practice my Latin, however, it's clear that I use "past scenarios" often. Luckily, my sister started learning Latin at school some weeks ago, and I hope we can actually have conversations in a while. I don't know why, but I like Latin a lot, even though there are not so many people who are able to speak it nowadays...
It is great way to practice. I don't know single person who is not doing it.
It can become very helpful because sometimes you don't find the words which you want to say, so you have to come back and find it in order to add them to your conversation
It's helpful when you're a bit shy and need extra confidence. Talking to your pets or that nice poster on your wall helps, too.
I do it all the time for the last few weeks! In my case I talk to two friends of mine here on Duo. I think of them quite a lot and so I continue talking with them in my head :-D When I'm getting an email from one of them, I'll gladly answer it there, even before I really write back :-) And for the other one, I'm talking to him constantly in my head, since we are speaking/chatting on Skype on a regular basis :-) For the time being, I use my second language (English), which I want to speak fluent one day.
It's always nice to think in English, as my mind tends to get really quiet, when I'm not talking to someone. If I think in German, I always overthinking things which can be really frustrating at times...
Sometimes I do that! :) What I find myself doing more often though is making videos of myself speaking Italian. It's great practice and then I watch it multiple times and pick up all the errors I made.
Unfortunately, the voices in my head only speak English. Sometimes we argue about whether or not they should learn Spanish, I just can seem to convince them to.