Do you read hubs written in poor English? Why or why not? And do you tell the writer?
Many hubs I see are written in very poor English and are difficult to understand. Do most people read them? Should you leave them advice to better their English?
If I start to read a hub that is difficult to understand I usually don't finish reading it. That being said I would never leave a comment on anyones hub that they need to better there language skills because I simply don't know them. They may be doing their absolute best and trying very hard-leaving a comment like that could serve to torpedo their progress.
Yes i read only those having bunch of useful information or interesting even written in poor english!!!!
If they are of interest to me I will read them for sure ,not everyone is good at English ,Might say something worded nicely if there is a need for it.
If there are no photo's on a hub I suggest putting them on especially travel hubs
I try very hard to be fair. If the article is incomprehensible, then I will flag it down. I use great discretion when flagging. I never leave a public comment in regards to the quality of the Hub. If something is inappropriate, I flag the Hub and give a reason why.
I use the "Hub Hopper" quite often. This allows me to view a variety of different articles and topics to sift through. I find many great writers on HubPages and I often follow and comment on their Hubs.
If I comment on a Hub, I always rate the article up. I don't have the desire or time to start an argument. I am only here to make friends.
I try to read those Hubs written by people whose native language is not English, and it can be difficult---But you know what? How ever poor their English, it is better than my command of their native language.
It is easy to forget that English is not their native tongue and so I think they are doing well. I imagine reading Hubs here and continuing to write will improve their English. We should give them support and encourage them. Criticizing their English might really hurt them and discourage more writing.
I understand that there are many supporters for poor English writers like me. Surely i believe , my English will improve in this surroundings.
Thankyou very much Hubpages....
It's very hard for foreign writers to get used to proper English. For every province in America has their own style of dialect. I believe writing hubs is great to perfect your writing skills. As a matter of fact, for someone who's mind is wired on another language words that don't make sense to original "USA"
Americans could make sense in "slang" English. If you grew up in a french community or if you're a foreigner perfecting English is difficult. I'm a foreigner myself and only started to learn English at age 12 as a necessity. Through year's of reading and writing, I finally attained an average of understanding how to think American. I was naturally attracted to reading, my first big English book was about D&D and reading old US comic books. Sometimes, the things you do that seem useless actually reflects back in the future. Most of that big quest that is life about learning
Since the most internationally spoken language was English, it has become more then a matter of learning for fun. It's about being able to speak out to the rest of the world as a true American would.
English is not my native language, but after 30 years I think I finally got it.
Hubs that are written in poor English and that I find hard to read I usually leave alone, perhaps I offer encouragement and tips, but then I imagine myself writing in their language and encourage them to do their best. However it is important to realize that such hubs might cause Google to downgrade HP.
If the content is appealing I generally will struggle through reading a grammatical disaster. If it is no more than a sales pitch I skip it altogether.
If I see that the person is from another country and they have poor English then I give them the benefit of the doubt, but when I see native English speakers mangling the language then I lose my patience.
Like others who have answered...I will try to read those hubs from non-native English speakers...and often am very impressed by their subject and their writing (and leave comments and vote up)...If the person is a native English speaker, I, as a teacher, am tempted to critique the writing...I will try to read the hub, but if the grammar and/or spelling are bad enough, I will pass that particular hub and not give any votes or comments....
I will read almost anything. If it doesn't make sense, I will quit. If it is a non-English as a first language writer, I will kindly explain a few of the problems in an effort to help them improve their English skills.
On a native English speaker, I will suggest that they put their work through a good spell and grammar checking program. I will usually send through email to do that. However, sometimes I just do not care enough and will ignore the problem.
Most writers want to improve their writing, and accept kindly worded criticism in the manner it was intended. I hate a hub written in one paragraph, and will suggest that they fix it so I can concentrate enough to read it.
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