lalirica (lalirica) wrote in linguaphiles,

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Thinking in your second language instead of your first

My weakest area in Italian is my listening skills. I've been trying to listen to Italian every day so I can improve, but I can see I'm never going to get anywhere if I have a little running translation into English in my head when I'm listening to someone talk. I'm wondering if anyone has advice on how one can learn to stop translating into L1 when listening to L2. 

ETA: Thanks for all the input, everyone! I'll give some of your suggestions a try. Watching more Italian films for the sake of my language skills will be such a chore, but I guess I'll just have to suffer through it ;) ;)

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