Who’s good at writing?

G’day mate, how’s it going? Today, I am going to talk about who’s good at writing in terms of the English language. I do believe that your writing level should be proportionate to that of speaking, and vice versa. That is, if you make a mistake in your writing, then you probably make the same mistake in speaking as well. Because the skill level in writing and speaking are inextricably intertwined. Ok, let’s get underway.

You should be good at writing if you’ve already mastered the Oxford dictionary’s basic 5,000 words along with etymological knowledge

Obviously, you cannot write any sentence without knowing any word. If you have a wide range of vocabularies and phrases, then you can facilitate them in a very effective way. For instance, you can easily paraphrase the words you know in a different form. And, of course, if you know many word roots, prefixes and suffixes, then even you probably use this knowledge to come up with antonyms as well. The more words you know, the easier and more flexible you’ll be able to write sentences.

Here is the link: http://www.coachmindmap.com/oxford5000.pdf

You should be good at writing if you’ve already got accustomed to all basic grammatical structures and sentence types

It doesn’t mean that you’ve just known grammar rules, but you’ve had a good command of them. So, if you’ve memorised all rules, you should make full use of them in your daily output training. Otherwise, it’s nonsense, or your knowledge will be gone quickly. If you are still learning English grammar, you should use each grammar rule to write a simple sentence using your very basic vocabularies. For instance, using the knowledge of ‘gerund‘, I would try to write like ‘Working on memorising new words is my first step to boost my writing skill.’ How’s it? It’s pretty easy, isn’t it? You just try to use your grammar knowledge and vocabularies. No complexity is involved.

You should be good at writing if you’ve been putting enormous effort into reading books and English articles on a daily basis

It’s quite natural for even native speakers to read books, magazines, online articles, or mail magazines, etc. They are also acquiring new words or knowledge reading them on a daily basis. Without reading or listening, you absolutely won’t be able to write good sentences. Your concerted effort will lead you to be successful in writing. Although you don’t necessarily need to read lengthy books, you still should try to read online news articles you are interested in. You’ll surely be more confident in writing as you read more English articles and books. Keep reading every day!!

You should be good at writing if you’re able to read your sentences aloud with a good pronunciation and rhythm

Once you’ve written sentences, you want to read them aloud, and ideally you record your voice using MP3 player such as QuickTime player whether or not you enunciate each word crystal clear. Someone says it doesn’t really matter whether you pronounce words correctly or not when it comes to writing. But, personally speaking, it’s totally wrong. I understand you probably can read books and write sentences without having proper pronunciations because if you just write, not speak, you’ll be fine. That’s true. However, believe me, if you are writing sentences without understanding the sounds of the sentences you write, they often tend to be error-prone ones, or wonky. Conversely, if you can read aloud with a good sound of the sentences you write, then you probably haven’t obfuscated any etymological origins, nor have you made any grammatical mistake.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading.

Have a good one!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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