Whether you’re interested or compelled to put words on paper, you might be facing a lack of improvement in your writing skills, even though you practice enough and write as often as you can. The bad news is that not only is it a common problem, but one of the main reasons why many give up.
However, to find an answer to your problem, you need to answer this first: when was the last time you read a book or an interesting magazine article?
If your answer is ‘one week ago’ or even before that, there lies your problem.
To many, reading is a hobby, but to many of you, it’s a chore. You fail to get pleasure from it, which is why you never work it into their schedule. Yet, this dull pastime is what you need to do more frequently and widely to learn how to write more accurate, interesting, and inspiring pieces. …
As new writers, we are often tempted to use an overblown, bombastic, and exaggerated language to show off our linguistic abilities instead of learning the dos and don’ts of writing; a habit that not only doesn’t add value to our prose but makes it cumbersome to read.
This is even more true for non-native English speakers, including me. I used to write in the same style for two years or so until I was introduced to my current favorite writer and linguist, Charles Harrington Elster.
In his books about vocabulary building and writing, Charles, who is also a New York Times writer, always emphasizes that writing has to be simple and easy to follow, otherwise it would take much longer than necessary to read if the reader doesn’t give up half-way through it. …
If you get to look at like 20 or 30 IELTS test report forms, you’ll likely see something strange in a number of them; there are always some people that, for some reason, managed to get an eight or higher for the listening test, although they got a much lower mark than that in other areas.
Having been an IELTS teacher for the past 6 years, I’ve seen many people like that, but the funny point is that I am one of them, too. Back in 2011, when I sat IELTS for the first time, I was able to get an 8.5 …
Are you learning more English grammar and vocabulary but not becoming a better speaker and writer? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, those who get better at English speaking and writing are the alone ones because they are much fewer than you.
However, why is that this small minority succeeds in improving their English, while the vast majority of people fail?
The answer is long, but I curtail it in a sentence: knowing does not mean doing.
To clarify, you know that what foods are good for your health and which ones are bad, but do you eat more of the good ones and avoid unhealthy foods? Of course not. The same can be said about why you fail to improve your English; you know many words and grammar, and yet you don’t strive to use them. …