I’ve posted before about keeping a journal in your target language as a way of practicing your writing skills. However, I’ve always struggled to think of things to write about in my journal. This struggle was the inspiration behind the Writing Challenge I did last November.
Fortunately, there is another language learning challenge that helps solve this problem: the NVA challenge!
What is the NVA challenge?
NVA stands for Noun-Verb-Adjective: each day, the challenge provides you with one noun, one verb and one adjective to write a text with. The words are normally of a similar theme or complement each other in some way, which makes it easy to think of at least one sentence. In addition, the words used are words you would commonly use.
My experiences with the NVA challenge so far
I’ve been doing the challenge myself for a few weeks and have found it very useful for building a daily writing habit.
I find that once I’ve actually written one sentence, it is much easier to write a couple more sentences. Even on days when I am busy, I have been able to write down at least one sentence. It’s become part of my daily routine to write just before I go to bed, which I find quite relaxing!
I certainly recommend this writing challenge, as I think it is very accessible no matter what your language level is. You might not find a word in your target language which corresponds directly to English, but that shouldn’t be your main focus.
With Japanese, I don’t force myself to use the exact translation of the words given in the challenge. Instead, I normally try to use a word which has a similar meaning. This also has the benefit of focusing your time on actually writing rather than looking up lots of lots of words in the dictionary.
Make sure to get your writing corrected
You can always get your sentences corrected on language exchange apps and websites such as Hello Talk, HiNative or Lang-8.
Find the NVA Challenge on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram and Habitica. If you use Habitica there is a guild dedicated to the NVA challenge, where others in the community check each other’s sentences too.
Today’s post was a short one but I just wanted to write about this great challenge. I hope that it might help some other language learners out!
How do you like to practice your writing skills? Let me know in the comments 🙂