Tips for journaling in French

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Have you ever thought about journaling in French?

Today, I’d like to delve into this strategy, highlighting its numerous advantages and sharing my tips. It’s perhaps the activity I suggest most often to my clients, and I’m going to explain why, and I will show three different ways of journaling, depending on your objectives.

 

Who is journaling for?

Journaling is suitable for anyone who wants to speak better French, more often, and more fluently.

What are the benefits?

  • Maintain what you already know or what you’ve just learned
  • Improve and consolidate your sentence structure
  • Discover words and expressions you need
  • Get used to talking about subjects that are important, relevant, and useful to you

3 ideas for journaling

 

✔️ “Libre comme l’air”

The first method is to write about whatever you want without following any strategy or plan. You write whatever you want, without any barriers or obligations. As we say in French, you are “libre comme l’air” (free as a bird). You can also find some inspiration here.

 

✔️ Follow a theme

In this method, you follow an ‘instruction’ or a discussion theme. This is what I do with some of my clients by sharing journaling ideas that align with their communication objectives.

To choose your subject, ask yourself in which area you need to gain fluidity and feel more at ease. There are a multitude of possible subjects, such as your everyday life, a passion, your past, the people around you, your future plans, etc.

 

Here are a few examples:

  • I describe the emotions I felt during the day.
  • I describe a difficult situation at work or a problem I’ve had.
  • Each day, I recount a happy memory.
  • I explain 3 pleasant moments of my day each day.

 

✔️ Following a sentence Pattern

This method is great for working on your sentence structure. Here, you target a type of sentence or grammatical construction that you want to practice, and you try to write one or more sentences using this structure.

For my clients who want to improve this aspect, each week I share with them a short list of structures that I encourage them to use in their writing.

Here are a few examples:

  • présent, depuis = j’habite à Genève depuis 2020.
  • quand + futur, futur = quand je serai en vacances, je lirai plein de livres.

Go to my mindmap shop to discover key sentence structure in French.

Conclusion

In the end, whatever method you choose, journaling offers a valuable opportunity to connect with French and practice the language regularly, tailored to your specific needs.

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