Learn to Write English


Learn to write EnglishSo you want to learn to write English? That's great. Here are some tips that can help you on your way.

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So you want to learn to write English? That's great. Here are some tips that can help you on your way.

Writing can be difficult in any language, but even more so if it is not your native language.

One of the best ways to improve your WRITING is to do much READING.

Obviously, you should have some good vocabulary and some basic understanding of the grammar rules, but the next step is to READ.

It's priceless. You get to see vocabulary and grammar in action. You also see the typical collocations.

Now, collocations are very important. A collocation is a combination of words that is used together frequently. It's actually a common phrase.

For example:
"Commit a crime" is a typical combination of words in English. You could say "make a crime," and it wouldn't be incorrect, but many people tend to use these words together. So "commit a crime" is a collocation.

Here are some more examples of collocations:
Fully aware ("We are fully aware of the problem.")
Do homework ("I will do my homework later.")
Give a speech ("He gave a very good speech at the conference.")

There are many many collocations in English. And the better you use them, the more natural your English becomes.

So how can you know the collocations of English? How can you write naturally and clearly?

READ. Eventually you will get the hang of it (= know how to do it right). You will be familiar with more vocabulary, and see more grammar in action (how it is actually used).

That will make a world of a difference to your writing :)

Important note: make sure you understand what you read. Check the new words in a dictionary, don't try to guess what they mean. You can read more about it at Building Vocabulary and Some Common Mistakes.

A note on LISTENING: Listening is a good way to see the English language in action, too. However, in many cases, it can be too difficult to follow. Especially if there are many new words that you are unfamiliar with.


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There is a very interesting way to improve your writing: learn from the mistakes of others!

Teacher Danny has put together a pair of eBooks which let you do just that!

He compiled dozens of essays by his students, corrected and explained.

Each essay has: 
  • Its original version

  • Its final corrected version

  • A colored version that shows exactly what were the mistakes, and what is the natural/proper way of writing it. It also includes explanations regarding WHY.
This material is priceless! However, it will only help you if you use it.

So... You can simply go over it by reading it, but the best way is to practice with it. Make a target of completing an essay every day, or once a week.

You can read the original essay, and then try to improve it yourself. As the next step, you can read the corrected version and learn from the mistakes.

So overall, it's a very nice product, it's rather inexpensive, and if used wisely, it can help you learn to write English!


Click here to get the eBook. 

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