One of the most prominent outcomes of globalization and digitization is the emergence of English as the de facto international language. For business people, professionals, new entrepreneurs and even students around the world, conveying the right message in English has become increasingly essential to success. On the flip side, incoherent correspondence can have a stronger negative effect than ever before.
Communicating in English can cause a variety of issues to surface for the writer, no matter how seasoned they might be. There are so many nuances –technical and emotional – that non-native speakers generally miss. On the upside however, there are an array of tools that can help non-native speakers improve their writing, make a positive professional impression, increase their chances of getting the right message across, and wasting as little time as possible to allow them to get back to their core responsibilities. Let’s explore a few of these options here:
Probably the most common method around the world for improving English correspondence is the “Do It Yourself” method. This may involve taking an English class, working with a tutor, using an online or electronic English lesson series, or reading more English materials such as simplified newspapers and books. From Wall Street to Education First – there are some great schools to improve your English in the long term.
If you’re an English learner on the go, there’s also some great language-learning apps out there. Duolingo and Memrise are two of the most popular options on the market today and users report that they’re great for boosting your language skills. There’s a host of other well-designed English-learning apps to help you improve your English wherever you are.
There are also some awesome technological tools available at the touch of a button. A freebie favorite is Google Translate, which provides instant text translations. It can form the basis for a decent translation but in order to avoid a tangled jumble of English, every word and sentence must be checked to make sure the words are conveying your intended message. Ginger Software is another great tech tool for checking grammar and vocabulary within a single sentence – its only downfall is that it can't put sentences together. Another option is Grammarly, a Chrome internet browser extension that claims to catch more grammar mistakes than any other checker available while also offering help for clarifying and cleaning up your writing.
In People We Trust
Sometimes you just need a native-English speaker to check your writing for precision in both the technical and intangible aspects of English. This is the idea behind Mailfixer, the most recent contribution to the booming “sharing economy”, which is creating a community of trained, native-English speaking “mailfixers” from a vast array of fields, who copy edit and proofread non-native speakers’ emails on demand and in real time. Simply submit your text via the Mailfixer website or email it to email@example.com and a “mailfixer” from your field will immediately be assigned to edit your writing. The redrafted text is then reassigned to a checker for proofreading, after which your email is ready to go. The whole process takes just minutes and allows you to send your correspondence with confidence.
Self-education, technology, and getting help can provide both long-term and immediate assistance for making sure that your English correspondence advances your professional goals (and doesn’t hinder them). By investing a little bit in making sure you’re communicating well, no doubt you'll reap major returns.