Every day we absorb vast quantities of information, from conversations we have, to movies we watch. Every one of these experiences are chock full of learning moments within themselves, but how often do we really reflect on what we experienced?
This article is really about journaling and how it can help you to learn English. We have written this for anyone interested in understanding how journaling can help to develop fluency in communicating in English or teaching others to become more proficient in speaking and writing it.
Journaling is helpful in improving your English communication skills for a number of reasons. First, it allows you to “hear” how you sound when you speak and write to others.
How Can Journaling Improve Your English?
If we look back at what we have written in our journal, we may discover that we are making some simple but problematic mistakes that keep others from understanding the full context of what we’re trying to say. We can then correct our mistakes as we speak or write in future settings, or get someone fluent in English to help us communicate more accurately.
Secondly, journaling causes us to be more mindful. When you hear your thoughts in your native tongue, and actively engage with them, the process allows for a smoother translation into English. Public speakers who had to speak before non-English speaking crowds noticed that when they were forced to slow down their speech to allow for translation, it gave them time to more accurately frame their thoughts.
How Often Should You Journal?
Each language is as unique as the people that speak it. Even when the same words are compared in different languages, they can have subtle differences in meaning. There are some important benefits of daily journaling. The frequency of the exercise allows you to freely write and express your thoughts in English , without worrying about who will understand you or judge you.
The richness of English, with its unprecedented adoption of foreign words, will compel you to seek out new ways of expressing yourself. You will be exposed to new words every day. This will provide new opportunities to make them a working part of your English vocabulary.
The more you journal, the more efficiently you will begin to use English words because you are using them more frequently and regularly. You will begin to develop a more conversational feel for the language. Additionally, you will find that you don’t have to pause very long or search for the right word. It just feels natural.
Journaling offers many benefits for those looking to become fluent in English. It allows confident expression of free thoughts without distraction. It also provides many opportunities to test your knowledge of the language and the opportunity to apply mindfulness.