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Michelle Fred
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Post by Michelle Fred »

I love writing, but as a non-native English speaker, I struggled a lot with grammar and punctuation when I started out.

It was so bad I didn't have the confidence to show anyone my work, out of fear of been mocked. The one person that saw it laughed at me. After that, I deleted all my drafts and gave up.

I started writing again and while my grammar has improved, I know my punctuation still needs a lot of work.

So non-native speakers like me, how did you start writing, what were/are your struggles, how did you get ahead? Please share with me.

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Where are you from? Asking because it makes a differences. People from the Asian countries like me have trouble conjugating verbs and putting plurals (or not putting plurals) on nouns. Also all words have only 1 syllable. Just practicing helps. There is no quick fix. I learned a lot teaching in American schools, where many come from all over. So, explaining to them helps me also.

The person who laughed at you - do they speak another language? I'm guessing not.

What are your experiences?

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Italian speaker here, I've had the same struggle for a long time! I got better by reading English books - not the classics, and not necessarily English speaking authors. I started by reading English language young-adult novels when I was 18 and I built my way up from there. My writing style improved dramatically because of that. And oh - I also watch a lot of English speaking Youtubers so I'm all caught up with urban/nonformal lingo, which is often on the more accessible end.
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Number one Rule, coming from the Expert? Just write. That's it. If you keep on doing it, day by day, you will be aware of what is right and what is wrong. Then, one day you will become an expert writer and even become expert in grammar.

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