a passionate writer and a former editor, I love writing and i want to explore the limits of words!
Writing in English for non-native speakers could be a daunting challenge, as it requires, other than a good grasp of English, the capacity to tame, mold, and hew this language in elaborate sentences. And as a non-native speaker, I always find difficulty in crafting well-polished sentences.
I mean, I’m not seeking good writing; I was looking for a perfect one.
Though my journey to write in English was neither easy nor hard, I had to acknowledge, it was enjoyable, and I reached a level that I can be satisfied with my writing. You also can write fascinating articles. Even if you are non-native, by following those simple steps:-
Immerse Yourself in English
That is the first step to climb the ladder of writing. So, imagine it simply. Could you build an enduring building without having solid cement? Of course not. Otherwise, your building will collapse. So, this first step for you. Before you hammer out your articles, reassure you have strong cement.
In writing, the cement means words; those are the tiny blocks of your building. I will explain it easily. When you have many words, you could play with them. Also, the writing process will be much easier. In contrast, if you lack words, writing will be a tiresome task.
I don’t mention grammar since I know. Everyone knows grammar. Besides, grammatical rules aren’t such complex. The problem is in words. But don’t worry; you can enrich your memory with words while constantly immersing yourself in English.
Always, surround yourself with English before and after writing. Create an environment that encourages you to absorb English. Watch videos, write a post, interact with friends and note all the words and expressions you come across. Ultimately you will use them afterward.
Recognize the synonyms of words
Knowing multiple synonyms of the words lends beauty to your sentences and makes them shine. When editing, I always stumble across articles that include the same word several times in various poisons! Of course, that makes your writing style dull! Why don’t you make it spark by incorporating different synonym?
You can think that I don’t know many words. That leads us to the first tip about the importance of extensive English exposure. Though, there is another easy shortcut for you.
Just write on google the word, then press synonym, and you will be amazed by how much the words pop up related to your word. Many websites provide this service for free.
Use it or lose it
Use the word or simply lose it. Sound a familiar rule for you, doesn’t it? But what’s the logic behind it. If you use a word for once, it will be easier to stick to your mind, and you can recall it again. Yet words you don’t use are prone to fell into oblivion.
So, always embed the new words in your context, but remember to use your words wisely. If you use the new term in inappropriate positions, you won’t make use of it. Also, your writing will lack cohesion.
Please, stop translating
In addition to it’s easy to distinguish between an original text and a translated one, translation distorts your writing and slows down your writing capacity.
Please, stop translating from your mother language. Instead, look for words you want in an English dictionary.
You even don’t know how many mistakes you make when translating. Sometimes, the words you used have no relation with the meaning you want to convey.
Never stop reading
Reading and good writing are inseparable twins. Perfect writing requires extensive reading. So, be careful to read something new every day to refresh your mind. That’s the last tip I can give for non-native English writers.
I know being a well adept writer is hard and takes much time and effort. But also it’s worth it.
Keep reading, keep writing, and enjoy the journey. If you love it, you will reach your destination.
Finally, those are five small tips for non-native to improve writing in English. It benefitted me, and I’m sure it will benefit you, too.
never stop reading