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What about THINKING?!?!?
People say you will reach this point after years of study, when you are fluent. NO! You can think in English NOW. Just do it. It will help you improve all those other 4 categories!
For example, you are home cooking dinner. Think in your mind:
"I'm putting water in the pot. Now I'm turning the stove on (use some chinese words if you don' t know the english ones)... now I am cutting the vegetables... oh maybe I need more 葱，is there more in the refrigerator? I'll go look. ... Now I am cutting the chicken. I hope I don't cut my finger. I remember a long time ago my mother cut her finger.... blah blah blah..."
Think in English...
on the subway/bus
walking down the street
in the bathroom
laying in bed at night
getting ready for work in the morning
EVEN IF IT"S WRONG or half chinese! It's ok, it's better than nothing!
I think in chinese sometimes.
On the subway, watching the video that showed video of the new subway, there were no words, so I imagined what they might say, and it was quite funny in my mind:
"你看，北京的最新的地铁！ 很干净， 你看那个垃圾桶？(because the video showed a garbage can) 你一定要用！ 别 litter! 但是，如果别人litter, 没问题， 你看那个工人打扫？ (the video showed a lady cleaning).... 你 看， 这个地铁最快的！ 比汽车快！ 比自行车快！(it showed a car and bike, then a person) 这个地铁比老人快！ 当然你很爱坐我们的地铁！
I imagined that in my mind in a funny way, and I almost laughed on the subway, and it was silly fun little practice to remember some words, like cleaning, and garbage can, and to compare things (比).... so even if it's not perfect, you see, it can be very useful and fun.
Now I will go make a cup of tea in chinese.
WHAT DID YOU THINK IN ENGLISH TODAY?