They say that the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the culture of a country where the language is the native tongue of residents. Well, as much as we’d like to do so, most of us cannot take off to spend a season in Paris at our leisure. That doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy learning the language to the fullest.
One way that is under-used is writing a journal in French. Writing a language goes a long way to helping you speak it and know how to respond when its spoken to you. It’s perfect for beginners, as you can look up how to conjugate a word or which phrase you need to form before writing it down.
Start small, writing only a paragraph per day. As you progress in the language, write longer entries until you are up to two pages each day. You can use your French journal to record “morning pages,” a popular journal technique when you write down your free thoughts as soon as you wake up each morning, or use it as a journal to record the events of your day-to-day life. You may even choose to use a French journal to write down the things you want to do and be in life. It’s all up to you.
A word to the wise, though: try to use the journal in a way that will also bring out aspects of the language that you most want to learn. For example, if you are studying French to go there to study dance, you’d want to focus on learning the language as a whole and also on learning the terms necessary to communicate in-depth of dance with native French speakers.