Sometime during my life in the United States, a very important event quietly took place in my quest to learn English; self sufficiency.
At first, I relied on my Spanish to learn English. I translated everything in my head and if I wanted to learn new words, the language I used in my head was Spanish. I formed the concepts in Spanish and then I learned how to say that in English. At some point however, and without me noticing it, I stopped using Spanish to construct ideas and thus from then on, everything that happened inside my head was in English.
I suppose that this happened once I had acquired enough vocabulary in English but I have the nagging feeling that there’s more to it than that.
This time around, I am paying attention.
Thank you for looking!