6 Writing Tips For Non English Speaking Bloggers

July 28, 2011

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English and blogging have now become tantamount. Yeah, the top blogs are in English. This will lead to a common delusion that all the top bloggers have their mother tongue as English. This is a well spread myth.

Non (native) English speakers like you and me are increasingly embracing blogging now-a-days. English may be the most preferred and common mode of communication, but it is the not the vastly used language. Apart from English, there are umpteen numbers of languages that are used in this world. So being a non English speaker is no sin.

In wonderment by the colossal vocabulary that the bloggers use? Or baffled by the fuzzy grammar? Worry not. Equip yourself with these 6 weapons (tips); they will surely be of help to you.

1. Dictionaries

Dictionaries are lifesavers for non English speakers. Unlike native speakers, non-native speakers aren’t familiar with a lot of vocabulary words. Dictionaries help us in using new words while we write. Alternatively, if you are below average in English then translate your mother tongue to English also.

Go in for standard dictionaries like Oxford, but also opt for the latest version. No need to buy the latest version every now and then, you can use the web version of the Oxford, too.

Bonus: Although this process will be a bit tough at initial stages, you can get enormous aid once you are proficient with dictionary usage.

2. Journals, Newspapers, TV Shows

There are three advantages of these. Primarily, your language skill will be developed (most of the non English speakers speak fluent English with the aid of these three only).

Secondly, you are exposed to lot of new words, phrases and even writing styles while you read newspapers or magazines.

Finally, you can gain knowledge about current affairs, recent technologies and other topics if you develop habit of reading newspapers and watching TV shows (especially news channels).

Bonus: Watching game shows don’t count for improving English. You must either watch news channels or you need to watch movies and soap operas (watch it with subtitles if you are so naive to English).

3. Trim down the length

Being a non English speaker, you shouldn’t be experimenting with big blog posts. Try to write on topics and themes that require minimal usage of words. Use around 500-700 words.

Another advantage of well written short blog posts is that they are more search engine optimized than their lengthy poorly written counterparts.

Bonus: Once you have mastered the process of blogging in English and/or once you gained the required exposure try increasing the size of the post gradually.

4. Keep it Simple

Don’t be obsessed with jargon, idioms etc. You may be skillful in using them in your mother tongue but using them in English needs very unique and special talent. Even a few native speakers get erroneous results while using them.

Using hi-fi terms aren’t way of showing your talent. A simple and slick blog always becomes an attention hog without any effort.

Bonus: If at all you want to include new words or phrases try using different synonyms of the common words through synonyms.com or by right clicking the word in MS Word and replacing it with its synonym (double check grammar if you do try this trick).

5. Transcribe it

You can also record your ideas, thoughts or concepts and use transcription tools like guru.com, elance.com, etc.

The transcription will yield you an article in conversation format (if you spoke naturally). This conversation format is a boon to your blog post. Since blogs that are written in form of conversation are top grosser these days.

Bonus: You can transcribe the recorded matter by help of freelance transcribers also (instead of outsourcing).

6. Employ Writers (or maybe rewriters)

You can also recruit freelance writers to write your concept. There are many freelancers who will write for you if you give them the theme and the content (and of course some salary).

Certain writers even translate your content from your mother tongue to English (provided they know your mother tongue).

If you regret using other writers or if you don’t want translators, you can recruit rewriters who can proofread and correct the article
you wrote.

Bonus: You can get help of your friends who are native speakers, too, instead of recruiting rewriters.

7. Improve your English

Okay, I understand that non native English speakers are not as proficient in English as the native speakers. That is a fact. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

You can always improve your English. The more you learn and practice the easier and fluent it gets.

So apart from using the tips I mentioned in post, make sure your improve your English language skills everyday to be a successful blogger.

Hope you will find these tips useful. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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avikick September 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

good article, thanks Jane, I believe using Google Translator, and tweaking the results a little bit, since Google Translator sometimes is not really exact, could also do a trick. I think it just needs a start, and maybe first few articles will be slightly bungled, the further you go, the easier it gets. Good luck to you

janesheeba August 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

@Mywritingworld Absolutely Fran. I totally and strongly agree with the point “English is just a language”. We cannot tag people with the way they speak a language. Talents, skills and one’s capability are totally irrelevant to their proficiency in English! Hands down :)

Mywritingworld July 31, 2011 at 9:36 am

Hi Jane:

Wonderful article here as ususal by you. But if I want to add my two cents worth here, trying to create a difference by some readers in English and non English blog is for those who are always segregating groups. Otherwise, even English speaking bloggers also use commonly used Grammar or words. it is very hard to distinguish that way. It is the influence of the group you belong to make you determine the language you speak and write and not what is right what is wrong. Many want to use “what is in” I must call it a lame excause and I don’t believe in it, simply because I have all kind of friends and I respect all. English is only a language. We all are one when it comes to humanity. Today’s multi- culturalism explains that very well. Knowing you I feel you are with me in this. Will like to have your input here.

By the way I am not saying, there is no difference, in English, there is, but that should be accepted and ignored, as even dictionaries are changed by the use of the words by the number of people.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Fran A

Brankica July 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Jane, I am trying, I promise!!!

Tia Peterson July 29, 2011 at 4:12 am

Thanks for this, Jane. It’s so important for non-native English speakers to know that they’re not alone and that leaning enough English to feel comfortable blogging in English is well within reach!

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