What are the benefits of internal monologue for English learners

G’day, what are you up to mate? Today, I am going to talk about the benefits of talking to yourself for English learning purposes. Although it looks weird or comic from an ordinary people’s point of view, it does help improve your speaking ability. Let’s get started!

The best opportunity for English learners to take full advantage of all the knowledge including new vocabularies and phrases from your Read aloud training

Once you’ve become confident in read aloud training, you’re diving into an internal monologue training. That is, self-talk. Personally speaking, self-talk won’t work if you persist mispronouncing many sounds, too many silly grammar errors. These things must already be overcome at the read aloud training. You should still train your read aloud, but at the same time you do self-talk as well. Anyway, you can fully utilise all the knowledge that you’ve acquired throughout read aloud and daily input learning for your self-talk. It’s the best method to translate your cognitive words into active words. The more you do self-talk, the more active words you will get accustomed to effectively.

It’s an absolutely free of charge learning method. You can do whenever, wherever and whatever.

No one listens to your presentation, nor does anyone teach you at home. Therefore, it’s entirely zero-cost. Of course there is a downside of it, but nevertheless internal monologue is an undoubtedly brilliant idea to do to develop your speaking skills. At this stage, doing an online English lesson with a native speaker is nonsense from my personal point of view. Someone says it depends, perhaps. But I highly doubt! Without read aloud and self-talk having properly done, you may not be able to enjoy your online conversation with a native speaker without feeling any stress. Just wanna enjoy, which is fine, but if you really wanna learn the English language seriously, then jumping into this stage without going through the process of prior trainings decelerates your speaking skills terribly.

Doing internal monologue gives you chances to say ‘goodby’ to your direct translation speaking style forever.

Keep in mind the rule that you should not think about pronunciation, grammar and appropriate words too much during your self-talk. You should instead take into account these things when you are practising read aloud. For self-talk, you should think about more like oral fluency, rhythm, intonation and word accent. As you practise every day, you will gradually forget about the mind or habit of translating into your first language.

You’ll be able to organise your ideas and stimulate your brain more effectively, and de-stress

Ideally, doing self-talk in the morning works better than at night, but all depends on your circumstance. Like a good sleep, self-talk organises your ideas and even stimulates your brain, which means that you can perhaps come up with a good idea. It’s going to be a very productive day for you if you begin by doing this training every morning. Also, you’ll be able to de-stress in the long run.

Your strategy will be synchronised with your current ideas towards your ultimate objective

You strategy (for instance, the acquisition of a native-like English) has to be your sole purpose of learning the English language. If your strategy is blurred or ambiguous, then you cannot fully concentrate on anything. It needs to be consistent throughout the language learning process. To this end, doing internal monologue is quite an effective way to achieve your goal, because it quintessentially requires four skills at the same time. So your four skills will be fully tested and synchronised with your strategy.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading.

Ta a ton! 😂

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

2 thoughts on “What are the benefits of internal monologue for English learners

  1. Great tips and lots of enlightening insights for all English learners!
    As I live in the middle of nowhere where I spot hardly any people from abroad, all I have done (and I still do) to improve my speaking skills is to talk to myself. Sometimes converse with myself playing person A and person B alternatively as though I were carrying an imaginary conversation with others.

    Ever since I started my own blog, the topic shifted from general topics to predominantly my thoughts and feels on books. I don’t know it’s been working for me, but it helps, you know!

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    1. Much appreciated your brilliant comments, Noriko-san. Yes, self-talk at home is the best way to improve own English speaking skills. Good on you! Even though I have more chances to catch up with Australians here, I still do internal monologues pretty much every day. It’s a kind of refreshing moment for me hahaha.

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