Today, we’re going to share some efficient ways to use LangJournal.
LangJournal is a language learning app focused on writing. You can learn languages like English and French through diary writing.
Let’s dive into the most effective ways to use LangJournal.
Recommended themes for your journal include “What I did today,” “Emotions I felt today,” and “Plans for tomorrow.” The ultimate goal for everyone is to become fluent in English. Think about common topics in everyday conversations. What we often talk about in daily life is what we should be writing in our journals.
If you’re experiencing a day-to-day routine and struggling to find a theme, consider writing about “the movie you watched today” or “a close friend.”
For beginners, we recommend starting your journal in your native language. Jumping straight into writing in the language you are learning limits you to the vocabulary you already know, hindering vocabulary expansion. As you become more comfortable, feel free to start writing directly in the language you are learning. In my case, for the first month, I wrote in my native language and then translated it into the language I was learning.
Now, translate what you’ve written in your native language into the language you are learning. You’ll quickly realize the challenge, thinking, “I can’t write anything!” For example, if you want to write, “I met a high school friend for the first time in two years,” you might struggle with expressing “for the first time in two years.”
When in doubt, look it up. Understand the grammar and vocabulary before writing. Even if your grammar isn’t perfect, LangJournal’s AI will check your work. However, don’t rely solely on AI corrections; researching and understanding on your own is crucial.
Read the feedback from AI and use it as a basis for your final draft. LangJournal offers three different AIs for checking. If you’re curious, try checking with multiple AIs.
Writing a journal alone is a great way to improve, but if you want to stretch further, try reading aloud. Read your written text five times because the goal is to speak.
When reading aloud, it’s essential to pronounce correctly. LangJournal includes a feature for listening to pronunciation. Listen carefully first, then practice reading aloud.
It’s also important to listen to your own voice. LangJournal has a voice recording feature. Focus on areas of your pronunciation that need improvement.
Of course, you can’t expect to pronounce perfectly right away. Nonetheless, read aloud five times and listen to your recording at least once. I strongly recommend this practice. You can save your recordings in LangJournal. If you look back after three months and think, “My pronunciation back then was not good,” it’s a sign of improvement.
Declare to those around you, “I will become fluent in [the language you are learning]!” and report your daily progress on social media. This adds positive pressure on yourself and also encourages LangJournal’s development. Please share with the hashtag #LangJournal.
Studying a new language is truly challenging, but daily perseverance will definitely pay off. If you are serious about mastering the language, do it every day. If you are a busy working professional, set a rule like “at least two days a week” and stick to it. “Doing it whenever possible” often leads to inconsistency.