How to develop your written English skills rapidly

G’day mate, what’s new? Today, I am going to talk about how to develop your written English skills rapidly. As I said before, writing is the mere byproduct of your speech, but for non-native English learners including myself cannot learn even English spoken skills naturally, and written skills might usually be much harder than spoken skills. There are more essential elements involved in the written medium of a language. Let’s discuss!

In the first place, English language study always distinguishes spoken from written language, and so learners need to be more focused on organising correct sentence structure and boosting more written formal vocabularies

Writing is not easy as you use your hand to express yourself without having much chance to modify, especially after you publish your piece of essay, or something. To this end, you need to have a good understanding of various sentence structures and formal written terms as well. Obviously, you should’ve already gone through your grammar book a couple times, and you’ve not only mastered all grammar rules, but you’ve also had a wide range of vocabularies. If you haven’t achieved these two, then unfortunately, it’s way early for you to study writing.

In order to develop your written English skills, I highly recommend stealing any sort of elegant and sophisticated English sentences from your daily reading

When you are reading books, magazines, news articles, or even informal blogs, there are heaps of chances for you to unearth treasure troves. Treasure troves are like a valuable discovery or a wealth of knowledge. Does it make sense? That is, reading English sentences means that you are learning a lot automatically. Of course everyone knows that, right? But, not many learners are reading in a meaningful way. Just reading isn’t good at all.

If you want to improve your writing skills, you should always proactively and steadfastly read books synthesising sentence structures, stealing beautiful sentences, phrases, collocations and word choice. Every time when you find an interesting phrase or sentence structure, you immediately use them in speaking or writing, making sure they become your own language. Don’t get me wrong, however, I am not saying you should when you are writing an academic essay, in which case you must put a quotation mark and acknowledge the author you are reading or read, otherwise you are going to be penalised severely.

To develop written skills rapidly, you always train yourself in internal monologue as a means of enhancing logical thinking

For me, what I do is to talk to myself when I am free at home, but of course I sometimes do outside. Ideally, first of all, you start thinking about things what you heard, understood or read something the other day, and then do inner monologue (subvocalisation) and then internal monologue. Why on earth this is important for boosting written skills? Well, since the written medium of a language is the byproduct of your speech, your spoken skills need to be reinforced, which can correspondingly develop your written language. But, of course, you’ve got to do a self-talk in a proper method.

To develop written skills rapidly, you need to understand spellings, abbreviations, special symbols and punctuations

In terms of spoken language, none of the above involves, albeit having all elements as deceptively different system, e.g., phonetics, sign language. Although you don’t say like ‘Today I want to talk about this, this and this *full stop, you will have a long pause say 0.5 seconds at the end of your sentence, or every one can notice when you finish your sentence by paying attention to intonation. Correct pronunciation is equivalent to spellings. How you say implies the rest of them (abbreviations, special symbols and punctuations). So, if you can do all of them in speaking, then it’ll be much easier for you to master them. It’s just a matter of transferrable skills.

You need to be adept at writing more like speech transcripts first before developing academic or formal written skills

Let me reiterate the importance of having the ability to accurately transcribe your speaking content. That should be much easier and also a kind of indicator as to how good or bad your writing skill is. If you cannot do this, how on earth could you write more academic or formal sentences? Highly doubted. Despite some talented person being able to write sophisticated sentences without spoken skills, normally it is unthinkable, to be honest. Anyway so, you need to discipline yourself in writing like speech transcriptions until you’re able to write almost freely without a heavy supervision of any English dictionary.

In conclusion, if you are good at speaking, then you’ve already got a potential to boost your written skills rapidly. Without knowledge about speaking, it is going to be way too long to improve written skills. Reading books also helps a lot for you!! Mastering grammar and increasing vocabularies are undeniably critical! Should you have any further information or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or leaving comments here.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

Have a great Monday!

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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