By Grace Carter
Writing is a great way to learn a new language because it allows you to form sentences at a much slower pace than speaking. Sometimes people struggle to find things to write about. Just use topics that interest you and don’t worry if it’s interesting no one will read it and it’s just practice.
Here are 5 creative writing prompts you can use to help you learn a new language.
1. Your friends
Writing about your friends is good because you know them and are able to talk about them in a basic and simple way. Talking about friends is also a good opportunity to practice using basic adjectives and verbs. If you are at a more advanced level, you can write about problems your friends have had or how they have influenced your life.
“A good way to practice writing in a new language is to write down three goals you’d like to accomplish in a day. Just write down the tasks you need to complete, such as shopping, getting a haircut, and paying your bill. cell phone bill,” says Greg Hanson, ESL educator at SimpleGrad and BoomEssays. This is an exercise that has the dual benefit of giving you language practice and making you a more productive person.
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3. Write about what you did yesterday
You can practice by writing about yesterday’s events, but you can also write about what you’ve accomplished in the past week, month, or year. You could even talk about the lives of your great-grandparents or people who lived three hundred years ago. You will have many opportunities to practice writing in the past tense; which is good for beginners, as well as higher levels.
If you are able to remember your dreams well enough when you wake up, write them down in a dream journal. Start by jotting down a few quick notes so you don’t forget. Do not bother to analyze your dream. “Once you have your notes, you can spend time writing down what you remember from your dream. Dreams are an interesting subject, and you’ll have fun writing down all the weird things you dream about at night,” says Sara Davenport, tutor at Academicized and Essayroo.
5. The weekend
Writing about what you plan to do on the weekend is a great way to practice the future. Beginners can talk about what activities they like to participate in on weekends. An intermediate learner can talk about fun things they did on a previous weekend; while an advanced learner might detail what his ideal weekend would be if he were a millionaire.
Writing prompts are a great way to improve your command of a language. Try doing these exercises without a dictionary or other outside help, setting a timer, and writing. Once you’ve given them your best shot, you can assess and see where you need to improve.
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Thinking of topics by heart can be difficult, so use them to start, and you’ll likely find yourself thinking more as you go.
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This article originally appeared on Unwritten. Reprinted with permission from the author.