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Keeping a diary to improve your English

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!

This is what MY diary would look like!

improve English with a diary

Pretty simple, isn’t it?

So, what are the advantages of keeping a diary?

Well there are lots of great reasons to try this!

  • 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. Let me know how it goes in the comment section below 🙂


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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

6 thoughts on “Keeping a diary to improve your English

  1. This is something of interest so that i can build on my english.

    1. I’m so pleased this was useful for you Herokko! Yes, it’s a great way to build on your current foundation. I hope you’ll incorporate it into your learning routine. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Excellent Nicki, for instant I always do it this in my cellular phone, just write list for shopping, copy all kind of phrases of renowned authors for example: Ruyard Kipling.

    Sometimes do sentences about my real life, thoughs, goals. like a dairy.

    I believe in God and tray that my thoughs focus of him.

    Thaks for your wonderful tips. They are excellents

    Keep in touch Nicki

    1. Thanks for your lovely message Jimy! It’s great to hear that you are using all the tips and already keeping a diary. Relating it to your real life and beliefs will really help the language to stick in your head too. Keep up the good work!

  3. I thought writing would only improve my writing, so this is very interesting for me. I will try it. Thank you!

    1. Great! I’m pleased to hear that Marie. Yes, there are lots of reasons why this is a great exercise. Good luck with your diary!

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