Journaling is the act of writing in a journal wherein you pen down anything you want – private thoughts, dreams, desires, fears or goals. While journaling can be a space providing freedom wherein you can say whatever you want in a judgement-free zone, it can also help with developing your English language skills.
What makes journaling so perfect for English learners is that no one can tell you what to write in it or how often. Many people have written journals and published their innermost thoughts. Some of the popular names are Samuel Pepys, Anne Frank, Virginia Woolf and Franz Kafka.
Benefits of maintaining a journal👇🏾
1. Strengthens vocabulary
Every time you write something you move one step towards improving your vocabulary.
Bonus information: To develop an extensive word bank, check out out our article – Interesting Ways to Improve Your English Vocabulary)
2. Helps in improving spellings of the words
As you build your word power, learn new words, you learn to spell them too. With writing, you are able to spell the words you hear and correct your mistakes.
3. Assists in enhancing your English Grammar
If you accompany your love for journaling with reading, you will remember verb tenses, the use of conditionals and articles. You may not notice immediately but there will be a definite improvement in your English grammar.
4. Ignites your love for reading and writing
As you build your own journal, you will become curious to read other people’s online journals. You will want to read blogs, novels, biographies and history – all in English.
5. Aids in self-reflection
Did you know that journaling is often practiced by writers, artists, musicians and anyone else with a creative profession? That is because journaling encourages capturing ideas and self-reflection effectively.
What to use – notebook📝or smartphone📱?
There are two main choices of medium for journaling – using a notebook/diary or installing journal apps/software on your mobile phone. It does not matter which medium you use; what you write inside is what holds the true value!
Popular journaling apps and sites you can check out 👇🏾
Not sure what to write about? We have a few prompts you can use to begin journaling. See where the writing takes you…
- What kinds of things do you like to do? Why do you like doing them?
- What would you like to change about yourself? Why?
- What makes you angry? Why does it make you angry?
- Where in the world would you like to go? Why would you like to go there?
- What are you scared of? Why does it scare you?
- Do you have a favourite book? Why is it your favourite?
- What’s the best advice someone has ever given you?