A great way to improve your English is to keep a diary. At the end of each day, write down 4 things you did that day. Only 4 short sentences – that’s easy, isn’t it? You don’t need much time. You can even do it on your mobile phone on the bus whilst you’re on your way home! Mine would look something like this:
Pretty simple, isn’t it? So, what are the advantages?
- It will help your speaking because most of us are visual learners meaning we remember better when we see it written down
- You might have to look in a dictionary to find some new phrases to describe what you did that day so you will extend your vocabulary set (e.g. nursery, a bit of telly) or you can try to include vocabulary you have learnt recently to practise it
- Personalised examples stay in your head better because you connect it to the memory of that day (e.g. my cousin has just had a baby)
- Over time you will repeat some sentences (e.g. I went to work) and repetition is important to make English stick in your head!
- You can add extra information to remind yourself of rules or new vocabulary (see the ‘remember’ section on the right hand side of my page)
- The longer you keep your diary, the easier it will get and that will give you more confidence
- You can adjust your diary to your level – beginners can make short simple sentences, advanced learners can challenge themselves with complicated structures
- You will be constantly practising your past tenses
- Most importantly, the next time somebody asks you what you did last night/yesterday/at the weekend, you will be able to answer easily and an English conversation begins!
What do you think? Why don’t you try it for a few weeks and see if it helps. Remember it’s just 4 short sentences. Feel free to send me photos of your diary pages 🙂