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Top 5 Tips for Non-native English Writers

Updated on February 28, 2018

Do you want to become a writer but you are not fluent in English? Do you want to achieve fluency? Here are top 5 tips for non-native English writers that will help you improve your English.

Non-native English writer
Non-native English writer

1. Improve English Grammar

If you want to become a writer, your knowledge of English grammar must be perfect. If it isn't, don't be discouraged. There are many great books you should read.

Michael Vince's books are great.

1. Macmillan English Grammar in Context, Intermediate with Key by Michael Vince.

This book is designed to revise and consolidate grammar points at the levels B1 and B2. It takes students from the traditional practice of grammar forms through topic-based practice exercises.

2. First Certificate Language Practice with Key by Michael Vince and Paul Emmerson.

This book is perfect for self-study. It is designed to revise and consolidate grammar points at the level of First Certificate.

3. Advanced Language Practice with Key by Michael Vince and Peter Sunderland

When you read in English, you will notice that sometimes the same words often go together. We call this a collocation. This book will help you learn the most frequent collocations.

All these books are clear and well-organized. Exercises are comprehensive and diverse. These books will help you think in English.

2. Read a Lot

You should read whenever you can. If you don't like reading books, read articles or blogs. Watch movies with English subtitle.

Almost everyone uses Facebook these days. Facebook can be a perfect place to learn English. There are great Facebook pages for learning English. You can also follow topics that interest you and read them every day. You will enjoy learning English.

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3. Use Google Translate

You can use Google Translate to translate words or phrases.

Don't use it to translate whole sentences.

You can also install Google Translate on your mobile. As you know, certain prepositions must follow certain words. This application will help you determine the correct prepositions.

4. Use Grammarly and Ginger

Grammarly detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice and style mistakes in your writing.

When you use Grammarly for a long time, you will spot your mistakes faster. It will help you improve your writing skills, especially spelling. The premium version of this grammar checker will help you identify more grammar errors.

Ginger corrects a vast range of grammar use mistakes, spelling mistakes, and misused words.

You should use both applications Grammarly and Ginger to be sure that your text is high-quality.

5. Use Google for English Phrases

If you want to sound like a native English speaker, you must learn English phrases.

A phrase is a group of words that work together to make meaning.

There are five types of English phrases:

•a noun phrase

•a verb phrase

•an adverb phrase

•an adjective phrase

•a prepositional phrase

English is difficult to learn because of phrases and idioms. Idioms don't always make sense.

If you don't know which phrase to use, this issue can be answered indirectly by a basic Google search. You need to know how many results come from the search. For example, if you are not sure how to say "on the other hand" or "in the other hand", just search for each one. You will see which phrase has more results. In the beginning, it will be hard. You need to be very persistent and patient.

Other Useful Tips

  • If you have problems with English phrases and idioms, you can use a free online dictionary.
  • Microsoft Office Word can help you check your grammar or spelling mistakes, too.
  • If you have a friend who speaks English fluently, he/she can correct your text.
  • If you are a freelance writer, but you are not sure how to write a complex sentence, write two short sentences.
  • Use a combination of short and long sentences, to give variety and keep the reader interested.
  • Use common, everyday words rather than obscure words.


You can’t learn English overnight. Learning a foreign language takes time and dedication. You should be decisive, persistent and patient. You also should write a lot and practice your writing skills. Don’t give up!

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    • MarinaPuzic profile imageAUTHOR

      Marina Puzic 

      10 months ago from Serbia

      Yes. I believe that writing is the most difficult skill even for native speakers. Reading, speaking and listening are easier.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      10 months ago from California Gold Country

      You tackled a difficult subject, but it is obvious that many writers need this information.

      You have also made it clear that learning to write with correct English is not an easy quest (often even for native speakers).

      Brilliant idea for an article.


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