9 tips to improve your English writing
Have you heard a lot of times people use the passive form when speaking in English? Maybe you already have an idea on the principle but you are having trouble applying it in practice? The passive form is very useful! This is what makes a person seem like a truly “native speaker”. Read this article and discover the secrets to start practicing it like a native speaker!
We all want to write a poem or blog like native speakers! What you have to get into your head is that this is a long process. The editorial staff has chosen tips for you to adopt as frequently as possible. These recommendations will make you feel more comfortable writing in English.
By following these tips, you will naturally improve your skills:
1. Read as frequently as you can
As we have discussed in a few articles, listening is very much like communicating. Reading is very dependent on writing. So it’s natural to focus on reading! Read as frequently as you can! This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures and in particular the different ways of formulating ideas. For example: If you need to write a paragraph that describes your dream house or a short description of your professional background, your advice would be to read other paragraphs describing houses or relaying professional biographies.
If your level of English does not allow you to read books and novels, you can start reading brochures, magazines, blogs, etc. With practice, you will find that your level of English and understanding will get easier. You will also quickly feel more comfortable taking it to the next level.
2. Use an ENGLISH dictionary
Please do not use Google Translate or other means of translation. The most reliable way to have a good translation is of course a dictionary. Why an English dictionary? This is precisely to familiarize you with reading, seeing synonyms, antonyms, lexical fields. You will quickly enrich your lexical field.
3. Work on your grammar
Even if you don’t think your grammar level is good at this point, you can still help yourself and brush up on what you learned in high school with some cool exercises. It’s also important to remember that writing is more formal than communication. It is therefore quite normal to dwell a bit on basic grammar rules in order to have well-structured ideas when you write in English.
4. Improve your pronunciation before and after writing
How do you feel when you read a paragraph with lots of pronunciation errors? It is very important to know how a word is pronounced so that you can repeat it several times and finally be able to do it correctly.
5. Keep a journal in English
Keeping a journal is very effective in maintaining a steady and sustained writing pace. Don’t you like the idea? Then write your little daily notes in English. Make it a habit! Don’t be afraid at first, start by writing short, simple sentences.
6. Learn to enrich your simple sentences with more elaborate expressions
Here are 5 very simple sentence structures in English:
Subject- verb (John studies; My friend is playing)
Subject-verb- direct or indirect object complement (I like apples; Mary reads novels)
Qualifying subject-verb-adjective (Jenny is happy; Linda is pretty)
Subject-verb- adverb (She speaks fluently; These flowers are everywhere)
Subject-verb- noun (My father was a chemist, You are a student)
Here are some examples of how you can enrich them:
John, my brother, studies at home. My long-life friend is always playing.
These small white flowers are everywhere during the summer. My father, who passed away several years ago, was a well-known chemist.
7. Learn how to organize a paragraph
An effective way to improve your writing in English would be to write themed paragraphs. That is, the subject you are going to talk about. Enrich your content with phrases that further explain the general theme. End the paragraph with a conclusion. It will be a sentence or two to recap and sum up what you have written so far.
Don’t forget to add a transition sentence between the different paragraphs. This will allow you to work on your logic and have an organization and a very educational structure.
8. Write short notes in English
Even if it’s just a quick note, an observation, a short comment on a blog or an online article, it’s very important to start by thinking about the organization of words. This is a good exercise for structuring your ideas.
9. Get corrected by a friend
Do you have a friend, a teacher, an English speaking tutor? Now is the time to ask them to proofread your writing. It is essential to have feedback and advice so that you can correct yourself and improve your level.
Writing in English is no easy task, it requires continuous work, efficiency and organization. It will therefore be necessary to be patient and rigorous. Start with little notes and you’ll end up writing articles in English!
Why not test your English level?
Take the English level test
You can already start using the past simple to describe situations, to talk about yourself, or even to express your love. So try to answer these questions while using the past simple:
Where were you born?
Who was your favorite film directed by?
When was your home built?
What famous products are made in your country?