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Writers at HubPages with English as a second language

  1. janetwrites profile image82
    janetwritesposted 4 years ago

    Hi,

    I'm a real newbie here at HubPages. English is only my second language. Therefore, I would like to exchange information with other hubbers that have English as a second language. How are you doing here at HubPages? Isn't it hard to compete with the native speakers?

    I'm looking forward to your experience.

    1. IzzyM profile image89
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Janet, and welcome to Hubpages smile

      From what I can see you have an excellent command of the English language, probably better than many native English speakers.

      There is another thread going somewhere about non-English speakers...

      1. janetwrites profile image82
        janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hi IzzyM,

        thank you so much for your kind words. This is very encouraging. I really appreciate that. smile I will check out the other thread you mentioned.

    2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image95
      Marcy Goodfleischposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with Izzy - you have a good command of English. It's certainly a challenge for anyone to master and regularly use a language other than their native tongue. But it is indeed possibe, and HP welcomes writers from all backgrounds. It's not a matter of competing; we don't compete with each other - we only compete with ourselves.  Everyone here succeeds to the best of their own ability, and any standards they're weighed against (by readers) are those of the language itself, not the site.

      1. janetwrites profile image82
        janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Marcy,

        thank you very much for your helpful comment. It is indeed a challenge to write in English but I think it is worth it.  When I signed in my account today, I saw that my first hub got featured. I really love writing whether in English or in German. So I will try to write as best as I can.

    3. Valorie Esquilona profile image79
      Valorie Esquilonaposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      hello, I'm a Filipina from the Philippines (of course)  and English is my second language too.  I think it's alright if English is not our native language because as far as I am concerned, I am doing good  here and native English speaking hubbers are kind and nice.   There are no criticism or discrimination here as long as you know you have the passion for writing and sharing your talents.  Be confident and love what you're doing!  Have a good day!

  2. mbyL profile image81
    mbyLposted 4 years ago

    Hey!
    I have English as my forth language and I am doing pretty well on HubPages. If you've always been good at English and have a decent grammar and orthography there won't be any problems for you to compete with native English speakers.

    1. IzzyM profile image89
      IzzyMposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, they can't spell very well either sad

    2. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      @mbyL,
      it's very encouraging to hear that you are doing pretty well on HubPages with English as your forth language. That's great!

  3. ilscherzo profile image70
    ilscherzoposted 4 years ago

    English is my second language, and I have no problems at all with writing or competing with other so-called native speakers. It's not about whether it's your native language, but whether you want it to be better than your native language.

    That's all there is to it.

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi ilscherzo,

      thank you for your helpful comment. I'm pleased to hear that you are doing well writing in English, though you are not a native speaker.

  4. Rochelle Frank profile image89
    Rochelle Frankposted 4 years ago

    Yes-- I read your first hub rather quickly-- and there may be a few small mistakes, but I will have to say  that if you did not tell us, up front, that English is your second language, I would not have picked up on that fact.
    You obviously put a lot of effort into your first hub, and I think you will do fine here. Welcome to HubPages. I wish you good luck and a good writing experience.
    (I intend to comment on your hub later.)

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Rochelle,

      thank you for your compliment. It makes me feel encouraged and comfortable. I'm glad I signed up for HubPages. It seems to be a very nice community.

  5. Carson McQueen profile image79
    Carson McQueenposted 4 years ago

    Glad to see a fellow Filipino. As others have said, it is not a matter of being a native English speaker. If you know that you can write very well in English, there would be no problem. I hope you enjoy your stay here!

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Carson,
      thanks for posting your helpful comment here. I really enjoy my stay here getting insight from other hubbers and to connect with other people from the Philippines!

  6. dailytop10 profile image87
    dailytop10posted 4 years ago

    Whether you're a native American English speaker or not, doesn't matter at all. As long as you can come up with quality contents, you are expected to be successful here. I'm a Filipina as well and it's good to see "kababayans" here. Welcome to Hubpages and Good luck!

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi dailytop10,

      yes, that's true. It's the quality and the command of  a language that matters. Not all native English speaker can write well. Thank you so much.

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    Beth37posted 4 years ago

    Ive always been impressed with people who speak more than one language. Something for the rest of us to aspire to. I hope you'll go far here. smile

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you so much, Beth37.

  8. Rosie2010 profile image75
    Rosie2010posted 4 years ago

    Welcome to Hubpages, janetwrites!  English is also my second language, and I'm doing just fine.  You seem to have a good command of the English language, so you're good to go. 

    I wish you all the best here on Hubpages.  Happy hubbing!  smile

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you for your friendly post, Rosie2010. I'm pleased to hear that your are doing fine on HubPages.

  9. Louise Lately profile image74
    Louise Latelyposted 4 years ago

    janetwrites, I like your thread! English is my second language and Swedish is my first language. I currently live and work in London so I get to speak/write in English daily. I do not feel that it's hard to compete with other native speakers on this platform. I do notice that Hubpages has a big audience from the US but I write my hubs in British English (although I don't think anyone can really notice the difference).  I think that being bilingual is more of a help than a hindrance most of the time. You have the advantage of speaking fluently in two languages and understanding those cultures. Welcome to Hubpages!

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Louise, thank you for sharing your thoughts. To be bilingual is definitely an advantage. My husband is trilingual and our children are growing up bilingually.

      1. Louise Lately profile image74
        Louise Latelyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        That's great! Your kids are lucky:)

  10. Monis Mas profile image81
    Monis Masposted 4 years ago

    I have been writing in English only since last year. I'm pretty sure I could write much better, and I make mistakes all the time, but I am trying, and I think that's important. I hope I'll get better in time - practice is everything :-).

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Monis,
      you are right. The more we practice the better we will get. Thank you for posting.

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    Beth37posted 4 years ago

    Good for all of you. You should be very proud of all your efforts! I hope your hard work pays off for you.

    1. Monis Mas profile image81
      Monis Masposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Beth37, that's very nice of you to say!

    2. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very kind words, Beth37. Thank you so much.

  12. Thelma Alberts profile image83
    Thelma Albertsposted 4 years ago

    Hi Janet, welcome to Hubpages. I hope you enjoy it here in our hubland. I´m a born Filipina married to a German for many years now. Actually, English is my third language as I speak German  everyday as a 2nd language at home in Germany. It´s okey to speak and write in English though it´s not our native language as long as we practise it everyday and learn from our mistakes. You write very well in English. Being here in Hubpages is great. Good luck to your writings;-)

    1. janetwrites profile image82
      janetwritesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Thelma,
      thank you for your nice post. I really enjoy it here on HubPages. Your English is also very well.

 
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