Everyone has a different degree of fluency. Many people work in English, but English isn't their first language. Everyone gets stuck now and then when trying to express themselves in a foreign language. Do you use Google translate at work?
Save Your Translation History
When you input a word, or a sentence in your native language to translate into English, make sure to click the star to save the translation. You can retrieve all of your saved translations by clicking on "Saved".
Add a Word or Phrase to Your Save History
Log onto your Google account.
On your computer, go to Google Translate.
Translate a word or phrase.
On the left, input the words or phrases to be translated
Also on the left, indicate the language of the text that you input.
Indicate the target language above the box on the right.
Click the translation button.
Click the star that appears in the box containing the Google translation.
Clicking the star saves the translation.and makes the star change color.
Use the Saved History to Expand Your Active Vocabulary
Set aside a 10 to 20 minute period to review your saved translations.
Start from the original text and re-create the translation.
Compare your translation with Google's translation.
Repeat this procedure for the same 3 to 5 translation entries, over and over again, until your re-created translations are identical to the Google's translations that they are supposed to correspond to.
Another way to use the saved translations is to intentionally incorporate them into your day to day activities.
Consult your translation history.
Choose 2 or 3 items to deliberately incorporate those items, many times, into your spoken and written output during your workday.
Active vs Passive Vocabulary
Of course, the aforementioned exercises-- (A) manual translations and comparison between your translation and Google translations; and (B) deliberate use of those saved translations-- is not natural spontaneous English! However it is making your passive vocabulary stronger, and giving you some controlled practice using this vocabulary in real life. These activities will make moving your passive vocabulary move even faster into your active vocabulary.However, these activities will strengthen these words and phrases in your passive English vocabulary,
Recall that passive English is the English that you understand when you read or hear it. Active English is the English--words and phrases-- that comes to your fingers or lips spontaneously, at just the right time, when you need to express yourself correctly in writing or orally.
HAT TIP: Thank you Sandra, one of the best Customer Service agents at Avnet, for inspiring this post.
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