Can’t find any journal topics? How about referring to your phone’s (or computer’s) search history?
(Nothing says “study” like coffee and a doughnut!)
About every other week, I have a two-hour Japanese “lesson” in which I hand my teacher the journals I’ve written and she corrects them for me in person. I know that many people use Lang-8 to do the same thing, but I feel I like I can’t write anything too personal if it’s online.
A problem I’ve run into, as I’m sure many other language learners have too, is what to write about in journals. Acquiring Korean gives a diverse list of good ideas for writing journals, and also touches on the idea that you can get stuck writing about the same types of things.
However, I think I’ve hit the jackpot :)
Can’t find any journal topics? Use your phone’s search history. It’s already interesting, because you had to be interested in it to look it up. Plus, it’s funny, right? (I’ve read a lot of xkcd recently, so that might be where I got the idea.)
Some of the things in my phone’s search history include:
- “I planned my wedding in 5 days. You could, too!” (I’m subscribed to a mailing list that has lots of fun articles like this. Email lists can be a good way to get a constant stream of ideas.)
- “Tuck Everlasting Themes”
- “in n out animal fries”
- “xkcd list of common misconceptions” (and the list) (thanks xkcd!)
- “can i use amazon cloud for cds” (*I meant non-Amazon mp3s)
- “Avoid These Common Lasagna Mistakes“
Obviously, I’ve only selected the most interesting ones to list here, but every search term has a story behind it–what situation I was in that led me to search that, all the details on the website I visited, and what happened after as a result of reading it.
Put all that time wasting on your phone to good use! >:D