Lesson Transcript

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Okay, today’s topic is:
The Easiest Way to Start Writing &Improve on Your Own
Are you learning a language on your own?
If so, you might have wondered if you can actually improve by yourself, and what kinds of things you can do when you don’t have a teacher.
Today, you’ll discover:
Why writing is an easy way to learn a language
How to practice writing with our lessons, (on your own time)
And 3) How to get our free writing workbooks… (find these at the end).
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To get your free resources, click the link in the description below right now. They’re yours to keep forever. Ok, let’s jump into today’s topic:
The Easiest Way to Start Writing &Improve On Your Own
Most language learners start with reading or speaking first.
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 why you should consider writing when you’re learning a language. Let’s jump into part 1.
1) Why is writing an easy way to learn a language
So, why is writing easy?
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.
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.
Third, it can help you build a strong routine.
Imagine you copy 2 sentences per day. It’s simple and it takes just 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.
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 that 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 and practice? Let’s move on to part 2.
Part 2 — How to practice writing with our lessons, on your own time.
Number One: If you’re taking our lessons, write out the phrases, sentences, and conversations by hand.
This means writing every phrase and sentence that you learn in the lessons by hand in a notebook.
You can also write out the conversations in the Dialog 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.
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.
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 comments section and our teachers will review it and give you feedback.
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.
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 2,000 Word List, which gives you the 2,000 most frequently used words.
And, as mentioned before, you can also leave comments for our teachers to review.
Number Six: Take the Writing Quizzes.
With every lesson, you’ll get review quizzes to help you master what you’ve learned.
Just scroll down to the Vocabulary Section... or click on “Vocabulary.” Then, click on “Take a Quiz.”
And that's it!
Now, you know how to improve your target language on your own. Just copy things out.
And by the way, if you want our bonus free beginner level writing workbooks, leave a comment and we’ll reply with the link.
So, thank you for watching this episode of Monthly Review
Next time, we’ll talk about: 10 Habits of Highly Effective Language Learners
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