Why it is important to keep a language journal

You may think it’s not that important to write your goals and your updates on a journal, but you’re wrong.

I’ll tell you why.

At first I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about a language journal.

I thought it was cool to have one but not really necessary. You know what? I changed my mind as soon as I started one.

My language journal is like my best friend. It’s always there for me. If I feel like quitting my project, it reminds me of why I started it in the first place by showing me my journey.

  • It reminds me of my previous progress and my goals. Looking at every single page filled with my notes makes me feel proud and encourages me to go on. And we all know that going on is the key to success.
  • It’s practical. I can carry it with me almost everywhere, so, in my dead time, I can review some sentences and new vocabulary. It’s important to do that to make them stick!
  • It will dramatically improve your writing skills. To get good at writing you have to practice. A lot. Did you know that the physical act of writing helps you remember information? When you’re having a hard time trying to remember a new rule, a new word or something else, put it down on paper. That’s another bonus of keeping a journal. You can write on it whatever is useful to you and you’ll get the benefit of handwriting. That’s not so bad, huh? 😀
  • It helps you in creating an immersion environment. How?
    Well, look at these language journals. They often have pictures of the country you’ve always wanted to visit. Fancy having them in your room?

Now it’s time to hear your voice!

Do you have a language journal? If not, are you planning on starting one soon? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Chiara Grandola

Hey there! I'm Chiara, also known as Claire on the language learning community. I'm deeply in love with any form of art, different cultures and... guess what?! Yes, languages!

  • Lu

    I’ve never had a language journal because I’m lazy and it would have been sadly white after four or five pages. You’re right, keeping a language journal is useful! Human mind is limited and we need to write and read our new knowledge over and over again. I often think “this thing is easy, I know it very well”, but when I write in english, I see all my limits.
    You convinced me, again!
    I love your blog more and more!

  • The only reason I don’t have one is it’s boring. I don’t like to do things that are boring to me so I don’t. Grammar books are boring, so I don’t really look at them a lot. I only like to do things that I have fun doing and I know I Wouldn’t have fun having a language journal. But if someone has one and likes to use it then nothing could be more useful, because it’s fun for them!

    • You’re right! Liking what you do is essential. When it comes to language learning the most important thing is to keep going on and you can only do that if you’re having fun! I enjoy writing on my journal and that’s why I have one! Well said, Dylan! 😉

  • So true. I made a small diary of Italian while learning it online. I jus did 15 odd sessions but left in between. Hope I can start soon. I think I have become lazy. But your post should get me somewhere. And listening is important 😉

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