人们常说：要真正学好英语，就要培养用英语思想的能力，高考英语作文之日记写作指南。但是，要做到这一点是不容易的。有一个简单易行的办法可以帮助我们练习用英语思想，那就是用英语写日记。日记是十分自由的文体，不像作文，必须有正式的主题，讲究文体。日记是思想，是感情，是内心的一切。有朋友来你家作客，你可以写：We had a wonderful time together． 春节快到了，你或许可以这样写：The Spring Festival is around the corner. It’s the most important occasion for the family reunion．甚至在夏天与蚊子的“斗争”也可以成为日记的内容：These annoying mosquitoes didn’t seem to be afraid of the mosquito coil(蚊香)I burned. So I had to hang up a mosquito-net. It was fun to lie inside the net reading a favorite magazine while those unpleasant small insects were looking at me helplessly outside.
实际上，用英语写日记是最有效的练习英语写作的形式。它能够让你从各种生活细节及感受中学到最生活化、最地道的英语词语。比如：你今天吃了龙虾，英语是 lobster；你想说某个女同学堪称“校花”，那是 school beauty；考试作弊是 cheat in the exam，等等。因此，可以这么说：如果你能流利地写出好的英语日记，你的英语就已经成功了一大半。
晴 clear 阴 overcast 多云 cloudy 小雨 light rain
大雨 heavy rain 毛毛雨 drizzle 阵雨 shower
东风 east wind 南风 south wind 西风 west wind
北风 north wind 西南风 southwester 东南风 southeaster
东北风 northeaster 西北风 northwester
炎热 scorching heat 寒冷 icy cold 下雪 snow
冰雹 hail 虹 rainbow
Thursday----Thur. 或 Thurs. Friday----Fri.
April----Apr. May----May. June----Jun.
另外，英语日记中由于频繁出现I，因此，常常省略，如：In the evening went with Xiao Li to the cinema. Finishing exercises, went to play tennis. 但如果省去I，会造成语义不清时，则不可省去：
My sister is good at English, but I am just so-so.
Sun., Feb. 1 Overcast
The night before the examination
The clock struck eleven at night. The whole house was quiet. Everyone was in bed except me. Under the strong light, I looked gloomily before me at a huge pile of that disgusting stuff they call“books”.
I was going to have my examination the next day. “Whencan I go to bed ” I asked myself. I did not answer. In fact I dared not.
The clock struck 12.“Oh, dear!”I cried. “Ten more books to read before I can go to bed!”We students are the most wretched creatures in the world.
Mon., May 9 Clear
Got a present of a watermelon cooled down in the well(在井里冷却过的)from my next-door neighbour. As I was very thirsty, enjoyed it very much. They say the watermelons have turned out very well this summer due to the dry weather.
Thurs., Jan . 7 Very fine
A sunny day
I got up early today to watch the sunrise. While I waited for the sun to rise, I sat beside my window and thought of my future. Soon I will be a grown man and I won’t be a baby anymore. Maybe I’ll be going to college if I pass the college entrance examination. I didn’t want to think of not passing this important examination, for my parents are counting on me to do so.
Anyway, if I don’t pass this one I should try again next year. I thought about my parents too. They have worked so hard to give us children a good life. Now, they are getting older little by little. There are more grey hairs now in Mother’s hair. As for my father, he’s beginning to have a hard time reading the newspaper. He uses a pair of glasses now. All these thoughts touch me and tell me that time is indeed swiftly passing.
The sun was coming out of the horizon. First it was just a ray of light. But little by little the whole circle started coming into view. The sky was a bright orange with a blue haze surrounding the emptiness. Soon I could feel the warmth of the sun as its rays passed through my window pane. The view was really beautiful, more beautiful than any picture I had ever seen. In a few minutes everyone was awake and everyone went on their own way with their lives. Another day started and it was another beginning for all of us.