1.2. MIND PRACTICE

Exercise 4. Let us try some language travel in our minds. We can use exercises 1 – 3. Let us take our short mind journey in stages. We all have own inner language, the language of our thought.

 

A. First, let us think how long we could stay without thinking. We may happen to hear or even say that someone is not thinking. This is yet only a saying, something nobody can mean literally. In reality, nobody can “stop” his or her mind, even for a minute.

 

B. Let us fix our visual focus on a single thing — a teacup, a pencil, the apple in the image above? Let us try to think about our object only and not anything else. We can use a wristwatch to see how long we cope.

 

C. Let us close our eyes and try not to think absolutely anything. The watch will tell us if we really can do this.

 

D. Let us think in what language we think and how we think. Do we think in entire words? Could our thoughts be only pictures?

 

E. Let us go back to exercises 1-3. We try to “see” and “say” our answers in our thoughts strictly, before we say them out. We also can put the answers on a spare piece of paper, as we speak. We do not even whisper before we speak (!)

 

In the beginning, we might feel it is really an effort to “discipline” ourselves and consciously direct own thinking. It is essential that we try. “Saying” or “writing” in our thoughts before actual spoken or written activity can make language habits much stronger.

 

The activity may resemble children learning their first tongues. Importantly, we do not have to stay doing this forever. It is only to exercise, to make an association in own mind, for the language we learn.

 

We humans naturally have inner language. For example, silent reading is faster than reading out. This is inner language to facilitate the process. It is not entire words or even speech sounds. It has only trace aspects of written or spoken language.

 

Inner language is the highly advanced way for our human brains to correlate language knowledge and skills. We do not know a language really, if it does not belong with our inner ability. Importantly, we can exercise and consciously introduce a new language into our inner intellectual capacities.

 

Feel welcome to further grammar journey.
Chapter 2, the verb form WILL.

LINK: CHAPTER 2. THE VERB FORM WILL

LINK: READ THIS IN A SLAVIC LANGUAGE, POLISH

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