How to Improve Writing Skills as a Non-Native Speaker

Ilona Codes on January 15, 2019

Let me begin by saying, that writing a new post either on technical or soft skill topics is always a challenge for me. Why? Because I am not a nat... [Read Full]
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I'm a non-native speaker too.

I was awful at English in school, almost dropped out because of it, that was 15 years ago.

I wanted to become a developer and to be on the bleeding edge of technology I had to read English content online.

I got the impression German tech-news were often 1-2 weeks behind, so one day I stopped reading German tech content entirely.

When I noticed my English improving I also started reading English books and watching movies and shows in English, which grew my understanding tremendously.

2017 I started blogging, this showed me my deficits in writing, but I got better over time. In 2018 I even wrote my first book entirely in English. Grammarly and a native-speaker as an editor helped much with that.

 
 
 

Cool post! Having such a large portion of the dev community communicating in your native language is something I think a lot of English speakers take for granted, myself included. In the spirit of constant improvement and help from native speakers, I've done some edits for you :). I hope they are helpful!

I used to be an awful writer, mainly because I have only learned English as a second language at school.

Yes, my English writing

You can cut English here, it is implied by the context.

And it took around two years of consistent work to reach a β€œnot that bad” style of writing.

At the beginning of my blogging journey, I have spent around 4-5 hours to re-read, edit and confirm the end version of the post before publishing it.

Especially in the styles , you want to emulate

You don't need this comma.

I believe that one of the best ways to perfect writing skills and grammar is to read. And read a A lot.

Try to collect or keep notes of the writing templates the most used while doing a new post.

This does not quite make sense. Do you mean:

Try to collection or keep notes on the writing template you use the most.

or

Take notes on popular writing templates, and use them yourself.

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I have use(d) the program in my everyday writing for over a year or more.

It helps find comma errors with ease, detect and correct repetitive words, and highlight(s) the missing details during the writing

Remember, that no one was born a professional and no one is perfect.

In the beginning, probably, you might will not be that good,

 

Amazing! πŸ˜ƒThank you for the edits, and your spent time on that πŸ™ I appreciate it ☺️and will correct the post later.

 
 

Thank you for the link πŸ™ I bought it already! πŸ™‚

 

Thank you, Ilona. As a non-native speaker, I also have to labor to write in proper English, and I am paranoid about it too, especially as a blogger. I find that using my computer to read back to me what I wrote really helps to catch a lot of errors. My "ear" sometimes is more attuned to errors than my eyes.

 

Another tip! πŸ“Œ It's also useful to re-read a post aloud before publishing πŸ™‚

 

I agree, especially with Grammarly. Grammarly it's not perfect but it helps a little.

I also started reading light novels. Why? Because they are funny!

Also, I started publishing on Medium (free), Github (obvious) and even published a Wikia.

 

You do right things! Keep blogging! πŸš€

 

Hi there!
I'm also a non-native speaker. My native language is Russian.

So, because of the big part of interesting blogs and frontend articles are in English, I'm trying to do my best for practice in this language.

For now, I've finished translation for one chapter (Chapter 2)of "Types&Grammar" book of YDKJS series by Kyle Simpson. And also I like to watch some movies in the original language with eng subtitles. When I wearing my headphones, I always try to figure out what about this song.

For translation, I use "ReversoContext" app, for me it's awesome! Sometimes I watch funny YouTube videos and lessons with explanation songs and movies from famous bloggers))

 

Helpful tips about the translation of books! πŸ˜ƒ

 

Because language is our border. But language too is our bridge.

correctmygrammar haha

 
 

I'm really bad at English since I was in school despite my country's education system uses the UK English standards.

I find that reading the book On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction and Grammarly is really a lifesaver as I started to write articles for my blog.

 

You are right, Grammarly is a gem! πŸ’Ž Thank you for the book πŸ™ I will check it out πŸ™‚

 

Thanks for this article!

I think I'm not the only non-native english writer who takes it as an incentive to keep on working, writing and improving.
God job!

Btw, the hemingwayapp has been greatly helpful to me, may it could be to you too...

 

Great advices!
Anything that forces you to spend time using the language will help you be better at it (not just for writing) Watching movies or listening podcast too has helped me a lot.

 

Also, if you get the chance to be among native speakers for a good part of your day (like at work), it gives you a tremendous boost, as well! πŸ‘

 

This is really great. I am a native speaker, but I think these tips are fantastic and inclusive. Shared on Twitter :)

 

Thank you. I saw! πŸ™ I’m happy to follow you!

 

i am just amazed by the fact that someone's last name is actually called "Codes" - it looks you were born for this job !

 

Oh, that is not my real second name. That is the name of my brand. πŸ™ˆ

 

I can relate. English is not my native language and right now I'm trying to start blogging in English and Spanish. Thank you for the tips!!

 

Oh, this sounds great! It is even more challenging; you’re going to post in two languages! πŸ˜ƒMaybe I should do that as well, but English and German. πŸ˜…

 

Great post!

I spend a lot of time on Google translate and linguee to check my phrases.

As a non-native speaker, I always feel that my posts are boring.
But maybe it would be the same in French πŸ˜•

 
 

I was reading your post and trust me I would never get that you aren't a native speaker if you hadn't mentioned it yourself!

Anyway, best wishes from another not native speaker!

 

This great post encourages me.
I, as a non-native, will improve my English diligently and hard like you.
Thank you :)

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