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The easiest way to start writing and improve on your own
Let’s jump into today’s topic. The easiest way to start writing and improve on your own. Most language learners start with reading or speaking first. We all want to speak. Typically most learners start their studies by reading textbooks or articles online. But writing, not so many practice writing right away, unless the language has a unique writing system. There are a few reasons you should consider writing when you’re learning a language.
1 – Why is writing an easy way to learn a language ?
Let’s jump into part one. One : why is writing an easy way to learn a language ? So, why is writing easy ?
1.1 – You don’t need anyone to start improving right now
First : you don’t need anyone to start improving right now. When it comes to language learning we all want feedback and corrections, and for that we either need a teacher or a learning program that can quiz us. But if you want to improve on your own without waiting on anyone else, or if you don’t have access to a teacher, you can start with writing. You’ll find out how in just a minute.
1.2 – You don’t need to worry about what to write
Second : you don’t need to worry about what to write. How does this work ? The easiest way to start writing is to copy text from somewhere else. That way you don’t have to worry about what to write or how to spell things. Just get a piece of paper and a pen and copy things from a resource you’re using. You can even try doing this with your favorite quotes or ideas. Copy them word by word.
1.3 – It can help you build a strong routine
Third : it can help you build a strong routine. Imagine you copy two sentences per day. It’s simple and it just takes a minute or two, that means you can stick to it on a daily basis. And, if you can learn to stick with that you can stick to other learning routines in the future.
1.4 – You’ll end up improving all areas of the language
And fourth : you’ll end up improving all areas of the language. How well if you’re copying out a few sentences a day, you’ll end up indirectly learning a lot of words, grammar rules, and lines you can actually use. Simply because you’re exposed to them. And if you read what you write you’ll improve your reading and comprehension skills too. So, how can you actually start writing in practice ?
2 – How to practice writing ?
Let’s move on to part 2 .Part 2 : How to practice writing with our lessons on your own time number ?
2.1 – Wright out the phrases sentences and conversations by hand
One : if you’re taking our lessons right out the phrases sentences and conversations by hand. This means writing every phrase and sentence that you learn the lessons by and in a notebook. You can also write out the conversations in the dialogue study tool. Example sentences from the lesson notes, words and phrases from our vocabulary lists, and words and sentences from the daily dose app, and the word of the day.
2.2 – Write short sentences to your teacher
Number two : write short sentences to your Premium Plus teacher. If you’re a Premium Plus member write a message and send it to your Premium Plus teacher for review. In fact as a first step all new Premium Plus users have to write a self introduction and send it to their teachers. Your teacher will review your work, send feedback corrections and help you improve your writing skills fast. You can even write something out by hand, take a picture of it and send it to your teacher.
2.3 – Leave a comment on the lessons
Number three : leave a comment on the lessons. After you’re done with a lesson be sure to use what you’ve learned, whether a new word or a grammar point. Leave a comment in the comment section and our teachers will review it and give you feedback.
2.4 – Dictation
Number four : dictation. This may be best for advanced learners. Dictation is a study method where you write down what you hear as a way to test your writing and listening skills. You can do this with any one of our audio or video lessons.
2.5 – Create sentences using newly learned words
Number five : create sentences using newly learned words. You can learn new words with our lessons, the word of the day, the vocab lists and the core 2000 word list, which gives you the 2000 most frequently used words. And as mentioned before you can also leave comments for our teachers to review.
2.6 – Take the writing quizzes
Number six : take the writing quizzes. With every lesson you’ll get review quizzes to help you master what you learned. Just scroll down to the vocabulary section or click on vocabulary. Then click on take a quiz and that’s it.