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I feel uncomfortable striking up a random conversation with a random stranger on the Internet. So I am thinking of using monologues to improve my speaking.

The obvious strategy that crossed my mind was sit down every evening and describe my day in the target language. The problem with that approach is, after a while it's going to get very repetitive ("I got up at 6.30 and brushed my teeth..."). Not that many exciting things happen in my life everyday.

The other alternative is to just sit down for 30 minutes, and say whatever comes to my mind in the target language. This might result in some unfocused effort as I struggle to think what to think next.

Questions:

  • Any other ideas to implement a systematic way of practising monologues for a dedicated period of time every day?
  • If I struggle to find a word in my TL, should I carry on nonetheless, say it in my native language for the time being, note it down for later,...?
  • I find this question as too broad. You have three separate questions which could be answered by themselves as separate questions especially your last question. Your title is also very, very broad and opinionated at best. – Anthony Pham Dec 25 '17 at 13:42
  • @AnthonyPham I'd only move the last question to a new question, so the current question focuses on how to use monologues and another one would focus on whether this strategy works. – Christophe Strobbe Dec 25 '17 at 17:52
  • There are multiple skills involved: (1) pronunciation, (2) vocabulary recall, and (3) grammar processing (inflection, irregular verbs etc). So you need to be up-to-speed with all of them separately to use them together. – Peter M. Jan 11 '18 at 23:13

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