I've been reading an introductory textbook on Mathematical Logic by Richard Hodel, and I often find myself translating the logic into English sentences, or translating it into some other form like a graph that helps me understand what is being stated. I realize this is probably a very poor way of reading the book, but so far it's the only way I've been able to make forward progress with it (very slowly too). I have a Computer Engineering background and I'm reading the book for fun. When you look at a mathematical equation, do you sub-consciously translate it into some other form, or can you just look at the equation or steps in the proof and understand it without this translation? Is it just a matter of practice to understand math without doing a translation or do you think some people have this inherent knack for it and others do not?