How non-English speakers can write better

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13-October 2021

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (GMT+07)


How non-English speakers can write better

Dr. Khoa Le, Research Associate at Ulster University, UK


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Dr. Khoa Le, Research Associate at Ulster University, UK


Here’s some practical advice on how to write better English if it’s not your native language…

I was briefly fluent in French when I was 20. I knew this for two reasons: First, I’d gone to visit a friend in Quebec City and ended up getting so sick with a throat infection, I had to see a doctor. I spoke to him in his native language assuming I had no choice — and, at the end of the appointment, he complimented me on my use of the language. I was thrilled. A few months later, I remember walking home from school one day and realizing that I was thinking in French. Another thrill.

Sadly, as a result of not practicing for more than 35 years, I’ve lost the language. I can understand small snippets of conversation but I can no longer speak it, beyond a stylish bonjour. Still, I have enormous respect for those who can manage more than one language.

Recently, a number of English-as-a-second-language readers — Andrii Khakhariev, among them — have emailed me asking for advice on how to improve their writing. I don’t regard myself as an expert in this area but I’ve done some research and here are seven strategies I can suggest: Continue...

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