I want to mention a method that I use a lot while learning a language and I hope you'll find it as helpful as it is for me. It's called paraphrasing! Some of you may already have heard about paraphrasing because it's generally used in literature. However, what is its impact on language learning?
First of all, let's go over the meaning of paraphrasing. Paraphrasing means rewriting something with your own words in an authentic way while keeping the main idea of the original sentence. It helps you to express the meaning of using different words, especially to achieve greater clarity. It allows you to thoroughly understand a topic.
By paraphrasing, you can avoid plagiarism in your texts or speeches, gain a new perspective about the theme, and engages a word or phrase into your mind strongly, therefore letting you remember the word in the long term. Additionally, you enlarge your vocabulary with synonyms and antonyms rather than using similar phrases over and over. In turn, you develop your writing and speaking to an advanced level. You can retell the topic more confidently because you already know which expression to use instead of the basic one. It impresses the audience or the listeners. You sound more professional and academic with the help of paraphrasing.
Furthermore, you may even improve your grammar when you change the structure of the sentence. You try new ways to express the idea in different forms of grammar. Then, you can retell the text in a paraphrased form to others. In turn, your speaking skills foster rapidly and feel more fluent in a dialogue or presentation. After paraphrasing, you boost your reading and writing skills, constantly enhancing the grammar and vocabulary range. And as I mentioned, even your speaking!
In conclusion, paraphrasing a text is an immensely inclusive and comprehensive method for most of the skills in the language learning journey. Don't forget to check this method when you next reading session in your target language. I believe you will get the results after the hard dedication. You will achieve your goals if you don't give up. I hope I inspired you to try using paraphrasing the next time you're learning something in another language!