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Learning a new language – how to read, write and speak – is a great challenge to set yourself. Learning a new language and becoming bilingual can help you in your career prospects, but it can also make you more open minded, improve your cognition and, once you have started, learning more languages gets easier.
Though to begin with, leaning to write can be tricky, starting with the basics including letter shaping and phonics will give you a good foundation to build upon. As writing is often learned after speaking and reading, you will probably find it quite frustrating to start with, but as you progress, your writing will improve rapidly.
Learning online is a great way to develop your skills and get the best education. AJ Hoge is the host of “The Effortless English Show” with over 40 million downloads worldwide and these videos are ideal for anyone who wants to improve their fluency quickly and naturally.
Here are a few other things you can do.
Read As Much As You Can
This doesn’t mean 500 page novels. Reading happens everywhere and all the time, from store names to ticket stubs, leaflets to newspapers. Make it a habit to read everything you come across and think about how it has been written. English has a lot of different tenors (tones that might be formal, informal, legal, chatty etc.) so a wide variety of sources will help you to recognise how writing can vary.
Reading lots will also show you how often the English break all the rules the language is supposedly governed by. While learning the rules will help you in many ways, learning how to break them is the key to gaining fluency in your writing.
Write As You Speak
Many English people tend to write as they would speak. This can make punctuation difficult, and there is a lot of debate about how best to punctuate in the English language. The best thing you can do to begin with, is to write as you speak. This will give you a sense of how writing can work for you and a basis to build more formal writing upon.
Start a Blog
If you want a good way to practise your writing skills, a blog is ideal. This will give you an opportunity to write about all sorts of different topics that interest you, without the constraints of formal writing. Lots of blogs are written in conversational styles, meaning that you can get away with writing exactly as you speak and punctuating relatively freely.
As you blog more and more frequently, writing longer articles as you go, your own personal writing style will develop as well. Just as you have a voice and an idiolect when you speak, this will develop in your writing, making you more familiar to your readers and to yourself.
Learning to write in a new language is a brilliant way to reexamine how you write in your first language too. As you grow and develop new ideas, your communication in both languages will show much improvement. And what an excellent incentive to have.