Do you find that you have a difficult time writing emails/reports/papers at work?

Do you find that you have a difficult time writing emails/reports/papers at work?

Maybe you aren’t used to the Latin alphabet?

Maybe you just have trouble expressing yourself clearly in written English.

Don’t worry. Even native speakers can sometimes find writing in English difficult. If you are an English learner and find that you have a difficult time writing emails, reports, or papers at work, you are not alone.

Writing in a second language can be a challenge, especially if you are not yet confident or proficient in your writing skills.

There are a few strategies that can help you overcome these challenges and improve your writing skills as an English learner.

1.    Read

It can sound strange, but actually one of the best things you can do to improve your writing – is to READ more.

. It can also be helpful to read extensively in English to improve your understanding of the language and gain exposure to different writing styles.By reading other people’s writing, you will notice how the sentences are constructed. You will notice the tone of the writing (formal/informal) and become comfortable with language styles in time.

2.    Write

If you want to become a better writer, you are going to have to write (seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it?).

Just remember that it can be helpful to pay attention to grammar and vocabulary. Make sure to use correct verb tenses and sentence structure, and try to expand your vocabulary by looking up new words and phrases.

But what to write?

You could keep a journal. There are a few good things about a journal. You don’t have to show anyone, so you can take risks with your writing. It will get you in the habit of writing something every day or two (regular practise is essential). It doesn’t have to take much time. And you can go back and compare how you were writing several months ago to see if you are making progress!

You could start an online blog. This way your writing is in a public forum where people will interact with you and give you even more practise. You can get feedback on your writing and you could even make some money from it!

You could start sending emails at work in English, if appropriate. Even to work colleagues with whom you would normally speak to. Don’t forget to ask for help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask a colleague or supervisor to review your work and provide feedback. They may be able to point out any mistakes or suggest ways to improve your writing.

You could start a discussion group on social media for people to converse together on any subject. Or you could use an online discussion forum like iTalki or Duolingo. This will be more general English, as opposed to workplace Business English, but it can be a great place to start.

Finally, consider taking an English language course or seeking out writing resources and tips online specifically for English learners. With practice and effort, you can become a more confident and effective writer in the workplace.

Just like all of the individual English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), the more often you write, the easier it will be to express yourself accurately and fluently. The more you write and receive feedback on your written work, the stronger you will become.

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