Image Streaming is a great way to learn to speak English (or any other foreign language) faster.
The way image streaming works is this: Close your eyes and imagine a vivid scene in your mind. Now narrate the action in the scene out loud. Be sure to use rich sensory detail. Describe the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and tactile (feel) stimuli of the experience.
Instead of saying, I’m at the beach, detail how the warm sand feels between your toes, the warm breeze against your skin. Describe the taste of the mist that blows in from the sea, the sounds of sea gulls and people laughing or singing as they pass by.
Try to move the story along as quickly as possible without losing the richness of the detail. You should feel like you are balancing on a narrow board or rope that is stretched across two buildings. You need to move quickly as not to lose your balance. This will allow you to relate the action of the scene directly from your senses with as little interference from the critical factor of your mind.
As much as possible, the scene that unfolds in your mind should come together spontaneously. Let your subconscious create the images. Try not to be too intellectual.
The more you practice, the easier it becomes. At first you may feel like you are forcing it or faking it, but don’t worry, you’re practicing your language right? Doesn’t that beat the heck out of repetitive grammar or vocabulary exercises?
If you’re having trouble getting started, pick three random items from your imagination or items within sight and tie them together in a story.
Studies have suggested that practicing image streaming can actually increase your IQ. Since the claims vary widely, the degree of increase if any is debatable. Still, the benefits to your language skills are huge.
Image streaming works by connecting the different parts of your brain. New connections between the part of your brain responsible for spontaneous visual imagery and speech centers are created when you direct your description of the images to an external focus point, like a person or recorder while speaking aloud.
Give it a go today. Leave a comment below and let me know how image streaming works for you.