Journal Prompts for Spanish Language Learners

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Trying to practice your Spanish language skills a bit more?  One great way to do so is by keeping a journal.  Even through writing as little as once or twice a week can help you in developing vocabulary, perfecting use of verb tenses and gaining a better understanding of sentence structure.  Often, the question becomes, “What do I write about?”  Below are 8 great prompts to get you started and make use of a variety of verb tenses and vocabulary.  Grab a pen and get started!

  1. Describa un momento feliz de tu niñez Describe a happy moment from your childhood. This prompt will allow you to practice everyday language and possibly make use of both the preterit and imperfect tenses. Happy memories!
  2. ¿Qué harás en el fin de semana? What are you going to do this weekend? Use the future tense to talk about your plans for the weekend. You’ll also get to practice lots of vocabulary, particularly verbs.
  3. ¿Qué hiciste ayer? What did you do yesterday? Use the past tense to write what you did yesterday. Practice the difference between preterit and imperfect.
  4. Imagine que un desconocido te va a recoger en el aeropuerto. Descríbete para que te puedan reconocer. Imagine someone you don’t know will be picking you up from the airport.  Describe yourself so that the person will be able to recognize you. This will give you the chance to use the present tense and practice using the verb “ser” which means “to be” when describing your own characteristics and features.  Use vocabulary that deals with the body and clothing.
  5. ¿Si pudieras ir a cualquier lugar del mundo, a donde irías? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Writing about your dreams using the subjunctive is the challenge in this journal writing prompt. Practice your travel language and write about the most amazing destination in the world for you.
  6. Termina esta historia: El gato movía y movía las rejas de la jaula donde el pajarito lo había encerrado, pero no lograba salir. De repente…Finish this story: The cat jiggled the bars of the cage where the bird had locked him up, but he couldn’t get out.  All of the sudden… It’s time to get creative! Using the past tense, write a story and add in any elements you’d like.
  7. Escriba acerca de 3 temas de los cuales te gustaría aprender más en este año. Write about 3 things you’d like to learn more about this year. Now it’s time to get abstract. This is a challenge when learning a new language, but it will help you develop your vocabulary and the conditional tense.
  8. Escriba una carta a la persona que cuidará tu casa durante una semana. Explícale tareas de debe realizar y cómo es tu casa y vecindario. Write a letter to the person who will be taking care of your house for a week.  Explain the chores that need to be done and what your house and neighborhood are like. Practice writing using commands. In addition, you’ll practice vocabulary for household items, outdoor features and places.

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