In this English lesson I’ll teach you how to think in English and stop translating in your head. You’ll learn how to use your favorite TV shows and movies to create your own practice lessons! Once you start thinking in English you can stop translating in your head and focus more on the conversation you’re in. That’s the goal, right?…smooth and confident conversational English. You can do it! Translating in your head takes energy and time, plus it gets frustrating. As you practice thinking in English you’ll start to feel that frustration fade away. Let’s get started with this fun and engaging English lesson!
Today, we’re taking more scenes from TV and we’re using them to practice our English. You can train your mind to think in English so you can recall the words faster and stop translating in your head in conversation.
First, we’ll take a scene from a show ‘The Black Lady Sketch Show’. The scene is on mute because it’s not about watching the clip for fun and the audio can distract us from thinking. It’s about describing the clip in English. So as you watch it, you’ll be thinking in English. First, you’re going to see about 10 seconds of a clip. Think all the nouns that you’ll see. If you see a banana, think banana. You’re just naming objects. We’re going to watch this scene later with a different focus. But this is just objects. Here we go.
I thought lots things.
Or maybe you though island or kitchen island
Computer or tablet
Again, lots of objects in this shot.
Stool or chair
This piece of furniture can be called lots of things
In this wider, we see a fruit bowl with apples and bananas,
a picture on the wall
The back door
This short little drapery at the top of the window is called a valence
Now, let’s look for adjectives. What words can you think of to describe this scene? It’s okay if you only come up with one or two. The more you do this, the quicker your brain will be able to recall words in English. If a word comes to mind that you don’t know in English as you’re doing these sorts of exercises, take the time to stop and look those words up. It’s a great way to learn new words because you’ll have a visual to go with it which will help you remember the words. Okay, ready? The same clip. Think of a couple adjectives.
Silver, the color of the refrigerator
Green, the dress
Gold, the jewelry
To me, the scene seems kind of dark like it’s in the evening.
Purple for the shirt
Yellow for the chair
Red for her hair or curly
Here, the mom looks excited to me.
Now, let’s see if we can come up with a few verbs to describe what we see. Watch one more time and let your mind think of a verb or two.
She’s leaning on the island. It also likes she’s mousing on the trackpad.
We’re any of these words new?
Let’s take a look at another scene. This is from the show ‘Platonic’.
To start, think of the word for any of the objects that you see in English.
Dog, of course.
Doberman, that’s kind of dog.
Tag or charm
Behind him, tiles
Nose. Or for a dog you can say snout to describe the part of the face that juts out with the nose on the end.
A lot to look at in the second scene.
Glasses, it’s hard not to see that beard isn’t it?
This is a pawnshop
Now, see if you can come up with some adjectives as you watch the scene again. Think the words in English.
This dog is serious. Unmoving
His ears are pointy
Here, you could have thought of colors.
Black and yellow for the hat
Brown for the color of her hair
Maybe you thought pretty
This man is older
The glasses reflective
The guitars are kind of shiny
His beard is long
Now, some verbs. What action can you describe?
He dog isn’t moving much is he?
She’s gaping. That means to stare at something with your mouth open in surprise or interest. Gaping.
This man is also pointing, talking and nodding his head a little bit.
Let’s do one more scene. This one is from the show Acapulco. First, just think of the objects you see.
Ocean or Sea
Shirts with collars
Now there’s a lot of bright color in this scene. Let’s name some colors and other adjectives that come to mind.
Such vibrant colors. Yellow.
This could be called pink magenta or maybe Fushia.
This man is thin.
This man is bigger, you could say medium build. I wouldn’t say he’s overweight but maybe you could say a little heavy set.
Their outfits are matching.
Here, I see the plants blowing, it makes me think windy.
The shore is rocky.
Everyone is dressed in a way that’s very preppy.
The overall style of this location is mid-century modern.
The bottles are brown.
This bowl is teal.
The tables are orange.
These pillows are striped.
His pants are pleated.
His collar is popped.
Let’s look for some verbs to describe what’s happening in the scene.
He’s touching his shoulder.
In the background, someone is walking by.
The breeze is blowing.
The men are sitting.
They’re waving or gesturing.
They’ve just been introduced to this guy. So you could say, ‘This guy in white was introducing.’
I hope you had fun working on your English skills with these scenes from TV, I know I did. Check out all my videos designed to help you think in English. They give you the tools and the training to increase your vocabulary and to start thinking more in English. And please, do subscribe with notifications on, I absolutely love being your English teacher. That’s it and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.