Other Aspects of Writing
to Improve Your Handwriting In English
Quotations (also Called Divided Quotations)
Become a Better Writer
Sentences and How to Avoid Them
with Strong Verbs
and How (Not) to Use Adverbs
to Avoid Wordiness in Writing
the Word "That" in English
the Right Conjunctions in Writing
v. Passive Voice Which One to Use in Writing?
to Write an Introductory Business Email: Dos and Don'ts
vs Informal Emails: from "Hey!" to "Dear Sir"
How to Learn to Write in English
are learning English often learn to speak first, and then they want
to learn to write in English.
What is the best way of achieving this?
Well, assuming you:
Then there are 5 major points to take into consideration if you want
to improve your written English.
The first point to remember is that grammar
is more important when you are writing than when you are speaking
Usually, when you write something, it is for a particular reason,
for example to apply for a job or write a letter of complaint.
In these cases you are trying to create a positive impression.
Verbal language is changing more quickly than written language, so
there are instances of "street language" where even native English
speakers use incorrect grammar.
This isn't the case in written language, where the language is
usually more formal and more structured.
So you really need to practice your grammar and do lots of exercises
to improve your knowledge and use of grammar.
This can be done by taking a class, by hiring a tutor
or by self-study
or CDs/DVDs. There are lots of options available.
Second, if you have a limited vocabulary
this will become more evident in written English because your words
are concentrated together in one place.
So try to increase your vocabulary to improve your writing.
There are many ways to do that, but you may need to try a few
techniques before you find one that suits you.
Have Your Work Checked
Third, you will not be able to improve your written English unless
you have someone check your work.
Write as much as you can and ask someone to look at it. Whether it's
a teacher, a co-worker or a friend, ask them to look at your work
you any mistakes
This is very important, since if you don't know you are making
mistakes, you will not be able to correct them.
Style and Register
Fourth, there are different styles of English.
Different registers (levels of formality) apply to different kinds
of texts and this makes writing English difficult sometimes.
To learn to write in English you really need to become aware of
these styles. There are books to help you if you do not have an
The next point will also help with this.
Fifth, one of the best ways to learn to write in English is to read
as much as possible, in as many styles as possible.
The more you read, the more different styles of writing and the more
vocabulary you will be exposed to.
You will start to know intuitively what feels right and what doesn't
It's not really something you can achieve in Immediately, but with
hard, efficient work and gradual improvement you should
definitely get there.
This section has many different articles and resource to help you do
just that learn to write in English!
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