5 Simple ways to improve your written English

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Many people struggle with writing in English and it can seem like a real challenge to improve. Don’t worry, though. Here are some simple steps that you can take to improve your written English and impress people with your writing skills.

1. Expand your vocabulary

To express yourself clearly, you need a good active vocabulary. That’s not just being able to recognise lots of words – it means actually being able to use them correctly. Do this by learning new words with example sentences, not just word lists.

Tip: When you learn a new word, try learn all the forms of that word and the prepositions that are usually used with it. (For example, rather than just the word ‘depend’, make a note of: to depend on, to be dependent on, a dependant.)

2. Master English spelling

You must know how to spell those words correctly. Incorrect spelling changes the meaning of your sentence. For example: ‘bare’ and ‘bear’ sound the same but ‘bare’ means naked and ‘bear’ is a large animal. Additionally, incorrect spelling makes it difficult for the reader to understand what you’ve written.

Tip: Practice your spelling using flash cards and test yourself whenever you have some spare time.

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3. Read regularly

People often say that we learn to write best by reading. Reading in English is useful in many ways. It is a great way to get an idea of the different styles of writing and see how to use words appropriately.

Tip: Choose books or articles with topics that interest you. Learning shouldn’t be boring. Read each text several times to make sure you understand how to use new words and expressions in the text.

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4. Improve your grammar

Grammar is very important because it improves the quality of your writing. Always use the appropriate tense and remember to use punctuation. Punctuation is a great way to make your writing clear and fluent.

Tip: Always proof-read your writing twice. The first time, look for general mistakes and the second time look for mistakes with the particular grammar point your are studying at the moment.

5. Just do it!

Writing can be daunting. However, the best way to improve is get a pen and paper or sit in front of your computer and actually write. Be prepared to write several versions of each text because even for professional writers, the first draft is never perfect. Remember, practice makes perfect, so now is the best time to sit down and get started with our free English quizzes!

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52 comments

  1. Dear Wil,

    I’m writing a financial article. Is it correct to say it “The alpha generating investor……” or “The generating alpha investor……”?

    fyi, alpha is a measure of performance and it’s considered a high return on an investment.

    Your prompt response will be much appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    Best Regards,
    Nick Kos

  2. This is apropos to the tips which are given in this article is very useful but the thing is that ,we work on which sort of grammar. i am still confused about how to write a good english without grammar error…………
    now i have written this short paragraph but i still don’t know how much grammar error i have made in it…..

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for such a nice and qualitative information please do some posts for how to improve writing skills.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Maddy

  4. Hi i Moizuddin ansari
    want to learn good writing in English with out grammar mistake,
    please suggest me, and send admission rule,
    and course detail, can you give online training,
    thank you,

  5. I need tp learn and practice english without making any grammer mistakes. To speak in english we need more words, but its too difficult to find, Can u please suggest how to prepare it and how to use that in simple case.

  6. Sir,

    I am graduate but my English speaking and writing skill is poor so I want to develop my writing and speaking English so you give me some idea and task.

  7. my English is really good ut somehow in my report says that I’m at standard even though it looks to that in above standard

  8. Dear all,

    I would like to improve my English writing skills, is there any web site were it will allow me to write and help improve my writing skills.

  9. Dear Sir/Madam,

    l have been studying English at university for about four years, i am still having a big challenge with the the way how to write a good English, can any one help me with that challenge?

    Regards,

    Brigildo

  10. I would like to improve my writing skill. I am very poor in expressing my though when I wanted to write it. Whenever I see a big post of someone’s I always thought how anyone can write so big post with such a good lines.

  11. hi

    i would like to improve my english writing and spelling skill. Would you please advise me.

    Thank you.

  12. Sam
    Hi, French is my first language. I have difficulty to write English or to joined the word properly while speaking. I have try several trick but its still slow to learn how to read and write properly. How can i improve my writing skill faster, and if so how long do i have to spend average to study or use the strategies.

    Thanks Sam

    1. Hi Sam,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We all learn in a different way, at a different pace, depending on your background and the time you spend on it. We encourage you to sign up today and get a free 7-day trial at https://bit.ly/2LMDsTz, you can book a lesson with one of our teachers and they will be able to answer your questions better according to your level of English.
      Hope this helps!

  13. Hello, I really want to learn English, these tips are really good, I’m nineteen years old, so I just began to practice my skills, I can understand English good but write in English is totally different, but it’s daunting sometimes.
    Thanks for all of your advice.
    I really want to improve my English, so I’m trying my best.

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  14. I am poor in writing English, but I speak fluently.I really need to improve my English in writing email and text message. please help me out

  15. Hi my dear!
    Love your post!
    I am an EFL Teacher in Abidjan; Cote d’Ivoire.
    I would be grateful if you help me resources to improve my English skills

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