Good communication skills are of extreme importance in the business world. Be it spoken fluency or written fluency of the English Language. People, especially in the business world, remain stuck in a single position for not having the same. If you are a beginner and just started to learn the language, there is a good chance that you translate to English from your Mother Tongue in your mind before you speak. While this technique helps you get your idea across and also, gets you a bit of practice, here is why we should not use it:
Time-taking: Translation takes a lot of time due to which you might miss your window of opportunity. It takes a lot more time for us to process the information and look for words and grammar structures suitable for the information.
Message: Translation of your message from your mother tongue to the English language doesn't always successfully convey it. Every language is unique and has its own grammatical structures. Therefore, even if you find the words meaning precisely the same in the English Language, they might not convey the same message.
For ex - In Hindi, ‘Main sone ja raha hun’. Here, the word ‘sone’ can mean either sleep or gold. Therefore, when you translate word by word, it might become, “I am going to gold”, which doesn’t make any sense.
Mistranslation: When you are just learning the English language, it is possible for you to get confused between words, which means the same in your native language, but are very different in the English language. You might use them incorrectly while speaking. For example, you may get confused when to use 'abandon' and when to use 'left' while speaking in English as both the words have the same meaning to you in your native language.
Therefore, to overcome these challenges and many other small challenges that come with such translations, we need to train ourselves to think & speak in English. Here's how you can go about it:
English is a beautiful language, though a little complex to someone who is just a beginner. It will take time to be a master at this language, but the key is to get in as much practice as you can and to ask for help whenever you are stuck somewhere. Try the methods listed above, and in no time, you will see yourself getting fluent in this language.