If you are looking for a creative method of learning a language, it is time to face a new habit. Daily writing will improve your ability to express your own thoughts in Norwegian and thus help break the barrier of speaking.
I know that writing letters in Norwegian is not your goal in itself. It is to speak freely and understand what others are saying. Unfortunately, the stage of fluent speaking usually comes at the latest, but the development of this skill does not have to take place in stressful conditions.
Why is writing important?
When you want to express something through writing or speaking, your brain functions similarly. Note that before you write something, the thought first appears in your head. It’s nothing more than talking in your thoughts. Writing is therefore a form of speaking that is free from the possible stress associated with the reaction of the environment. You have more time to think, check your spelling, grammar or reformulate your thoughts. You feel safe. You can do it in your own home or in another convenient place. It’s a great way to use new words, grammatical constructions and practice what you already know well.
Writing has a motivating effect
If you write regularly, you will start thinking in Norwegian faster. You will gain liquidity in expressing common phrases. This will make it easy to use them later in the conversation. When you analyze your first essays after some time, you will be surprised how much you have learned so far. Nothing motivates you as much as the awareness of making progress. It can also be helpful to find a writing partner. A person who, like you, will keep his or her own diary and who will be happy to share his or her own notes with you. Together it is easier to maintain regularity and motivate each other.
Learn from mistakes
Your first works will contain a lot of errors. This is natural and if you accept this fact, it will be much easier for you. Don’t think you’ll learn badly because of that. Over time, you will start to notice your mistakes and learn to eliminate them.
It is a good idea to show your work to someone who can check it. If you have a teacher, ask if he wouldn’t like to read them. Maybe you have a Norwegian friend. If you feel that this is a good person, ask them for help as well.
A person without philological education will not always be able to explain to you why something is wrong, because he or she may not understand the grammar rules, but he or she will certainly offer you the commonly used forms. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that the content of your work will be of little interest. You may even think that what you wrote is stupid and not suitable for showing. But it’s better to write anything than nothing. Every work is a valuable lesson for you. If you don’t have the support of another person, it doesn’t mean that you should give up. The fact that there is no one to help you today does not mean that you will not find one tomorrow. Write a notebook and do as much as you can. Writing for yourself also gives results. Check what’s possible in the dictionary or look for answers in books.
Writing will give you questions that you should find answers to sooner or later. You can’t avoid questions. It is better to dispel doubts at home on paper than to meet them for the first time in a conversation with a stranger.
How to write?
Does your Norwegian level allow you to construct sentences as sophisticated as in English? If not, start by practicing the constructions you know and understand. To avoid unnecessary mistakes, build short sentences. Write in such a way that you feel at ease. A too ambitious start may discourage you from continuing to write. When you feel confident at your level, you will find that you are making fewer mistakes, then introduce more risky structures. Again, there will be questions that you will have to look for answers to. At some point, you will probably also start moving in complex sentences with a complicated pattern. Use the step-by-step method. For example, if you are at a basic level, write your diary only in the present time. Even when events are about the past, you can write about them as if they were happening right now. Then you will change your writing style for the past, and once you have mastered it, you will join the next times. Don’t think in English. You write to learn to formulate thoughts in Norwegian, not to learn translation. This will make it much easier for you to express yourself. If you think you can’t express something, think about whether it’s possible to say the same thing in other words. By writing regularly, you will learn how to communicate in a simple, direct way.
Hmm, what to write about?
Treat your notes like a diary. You can write down a few facts of the past day. Although on the other hand, you don’t even have to write about yourself. Your child’s adventures are also a good subject. Have you noticed a funny situation on the subway? Great. Describe it with all possible details. It is also a good idea to write about your plans or dreams. Focusing on positive content will keep you in a good mood. Writing down your plans for the next week will also help you to be better organized. Even making a shopping list in Norwegian can be a teaching habit. It’s best if you write about things you’re emotionally attached to. This may be about your interests or reporting on events in which you have been involved. However, it does not have to be content that you will have to protect from the whole world. If you don’t want to write about your own personal issues or emotions, you can create stories about fictional characters or stories remembered from a book or film. You certainly have some favorite movies or books. Try to write down what you remember. If you change your storyline idea as you write, that’s all the better. Try to have fun with it.
Do you now have an idea for a story? Take a piece of paper and write it down right away. Then you will read the rest of the article.
What do you say to introduce the habit of writing?
Writing seems difficult at first, but the most difficult thing to do is just to start. Writing a diary has a big advantage over keeping a diary or a notebook with essays. And although they all contribute to mastering the language, it is the daily activities that bring the greatest benefits. To fall into the habit of daily writing, you can try a 30-day challenge. It’s not about long stories. To make your daily plan come true, all you have to do is write 5 sentences. I don’t think it’s that much, isn’t it? Try and see if this is the right method for you. After some time you will modify your approach, adjust the topics and I hope you will put on a special notebook for stories.
To sum up
Writing a journal can be a pleasant way of thinking in Norwegian. It will allow you to discover words you often use in your own language and expressions from your immediate surroundings. This way you will get to know everything you need in everyday situations. Remember that you also need to learn to write, and the only way to do this is to do it regularly. The best thing about this method is that you can have fun with it. Everything you create depends only on your imagination.