How To Improve Your English Writing Skills | Tips For Intermediate And Advanced English Learners


Hey guys, what’s up? Stefanie the English coach here from Englishfulltime.com
in this video we are gonna talk about how to improve your writing in English. First there’s four things that you have to
do. 1. Ask questions 2.Do research 3.Practice and 4. Get feedback That’s it, but we’re gonna break
that down and talk about what each of those steps means. First, ask questions… this is the most crucial
part to improving your writing. You have to know what good writing is. So start by asking questions: what are you
writing? What are you trying to improve? What’s lacking? Who is your audience? What are the expectations of the people that
are gonna be reading your writing? Because the truth is, that there’s so many
different writing styles that you could use depending on what you’re writing. If you’re writing a business email to a client,
your writing and the structure of your writing is gonna be a lot different than if you’re
writing a post on Facebook or if you’re writing an academic essay or if you’re writing a resume. So really you have to start by asking these
questions. What are you writing? Who are you writing it to? What are their expectations? Then it’s time to do research. Go on Google, go on YouTube and start asking
your questions. Read blog posts and articles, look for the
answers. You can even read entire books on writing,
Okay. But what I want to suggest here is that you
don’t go looking for material on how to become a better writer from English teachers. Okay? Here’s the reason why. English teachers teach English. They teach vocabulary. They teach phrasal verbs. They teach grammar. But they are not experts on writing. If you want to make a blog in English, for
example, an English teacher can’t show you and tell you how to do that successfully. You have to go to the people who have already
made blogs in English and look up… how do they structure their blog posts? How do they structure their sentences? How do they keep the readers engaged? What kind of writing style do they use? How do they incorporate humor? You have to learn writing from people who
already do that kind of writing. If you want to learn how to write a resume,
you have to look up articles in English that are actually for English speakers. Okay? Pretend you’re already a fluent, confident…
you’re an English speaker, even if you’re not totally there yet. Start looking up material that was written
for English speakers because those articles, those materials, those books are going to
have the best information. Now here’s a tip for you guys. Writers, they don’t study English. Great writers, people that have written books,
people that run websites, and write blog posts (there’s obviously so many different kinds
of writing you could do), but writers don’t study English. They study writing. That’s very important. The best writers in the world, they don’t
study grammar. They don’t study vocabulary, they study more
writing from other great writers. So if you want to improve your writing, you
have to study good writing. You have to analyze it, you have to break
it down. You can’t just get tips all the time, because
sometimes even if you get a tip and you know, someone says… “hey, your sentences need
to be clear.” That’s a great tip… but what does that mean!? What is a clear sentence? What is a sentence that’s convoluted and not
clear? You actually have to read good writing because
some things won’t make sense until you see it and until you can break it down in your
mind and analyse it and then go “ohhhhh, that’s what it is! That’s how you do it! That’s how you transition from one sentence
to the next. That’s how you transition from one paragraph
to the next.” You have to be a researcher, you have to ask
questions, you have to research, then you have to analyze. And then the next step is practice. You won’t improve your writing if you don’t
practice. But now, at least, you know what you’re writing,
you know who your audience is, you know what their expectations are, and you’ve researched
what good writing is, you’ve looked at examples, you’ve broken them down, you’ve analyzed them,
so now it’s time for you to implement everything that you’ve learned. And you want to basically make your writing
look, sound, and feel like the writing that you’ve been studying. Ok? So practice, practice, practice. And then you need feedback. You don’t just want to ask your friends, though. You don’t just want to ask some random English
speaker that you know, that you work with. You want to ask somebody who understands the
type of writing that you’re doing. So, let’s say you are preparing for the IELTS
exam. You can’t just go to anybody, even if they’re
a native English speaker, and say “hey, what do you think of this writing?” Because honestly, writing is a skill that
people work to develop. And just because someone is a native English
speaker, for example, doesn’t mean that they understand how to write, and who your audience
is, what’s expected etcetera, so you need to get feedback from someone who knows what
you’re doing, why you’re doing it, what the goal is, what the expectations are. Because then they can say “oh, look, this
is a professional email that you’re trying to write, and this phrase that you used here…
this isn’t very professional and this is why.” Ok? If you talk with someone who doesn’t understand
how to write a professional email, again, even if they are a native English speaker,
the feedback you get is gonna be irrelevant. They’re not gonna know what they’re talking
about. So you have to get feedback from a source
who knows. Now, sometimes this means you might have to
pay for it. You might have to go to a website where you
can hire an editor, or somebody to go through and give you feedback. Or, hopefully, you’re lucky enough to have
a friend who can help you with this. Or maybe you have to join a program where
you practice your writing. I have no idea. But that is basically how you do it. That’s how anyone and everyone improves their
writing. That’s how I’ve improved my writing. First, by figuring out what am I writing,
who’s my audience, asking those questions, doing the research, practicing, and then getting
feedback. That’s the formula. That’s how you do it. Just remember, that there’s so many different
types of writing out there, so you need to pay attention. There’s different ways of structuring writing
depending on what you’re writing. There’s different tones that you can use in
your writing. And a tone is created by your word choices
and by your sentence structures. So as I was saying, there’s different tones
you could use depending on who you’re writing to, what effect you want your writing to have
on the audience. So, you know, this is not a simple process. This is not something that happens overnight. But as long as you are being strategic about
it, you can improve your writing reletively quickly. You just have to know what good writing is,
and what are you writing, and who is your audience, and then do the research. Figure out what you have to do to get to that
end goal. Look, grammar is a part of it, it’s obvious. You need to understand grammar. But guess what, grammar is not writing. Grammar is grammar. And sometimes you can have good writing where
the grammar is wrong and that’s part of the writing style. Sometimes that happens. In the famous book, “The Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn” by Mark Twain, that’s one of the style elements of that book. In the dialogue where the people talk with
each other, the grammar is totally messed up because it reflects how people would talk
in that time period, in that era, etcetera. So, that’s a kind of random example. But, you get the point, right? That writing is different everywhere depending
on what you’re doing. So hopefully this video was helpful. For those of you who know nothing about writing,
I know these tips are really gonna help you. For those of you who kind of already know
a lot about writing, maybe this stuff was obvious to you, and that’s good… it should
be obvious. Anyways, if you guys want 5 ways that you
can improve your writing in less than 10 minutes, and these are really specific examples, then
you can go ahead and download a free audio class that I made for you. I will link it in the description. And it’s basically the basics of good writing…
do this, don’t do that. That’s what I teach you guys in that audio
class. So, it’s linked in the description. And don’t forget to find me on Instagram and
follow me there at @theenglishcoach and @englishfulltime a new Instagram account that Istarted for
our community. Also, feel free to find me on Facebook. Follow my page there “The English Coach” and
check out the website and blog englishfulltime.com there’s some other free stuff for you guys
there, too. Anyways, that’s it! I will put all the links in the description,
and I look forward to seeing you guys in another video. Bye!

100 thoughts on “How To Improve Your English Writing Skills | Tips For Intermediate And Advanced English Learners

  1. you showed me that i'm not without tools for learn to better with my english, because i thought that i was limited to all the rules that you're saying is not like the way that the things really are. It was a good point won for my today!

  2. writing is very difficult for me in any language… I can to speak, especially to hear a video or TV show without problems but writing… ohh my god🤣…. I can't do it because I have too many different words in my English vocabulary but I don't know how I can write this words… anyway… I have to study more English grammar… thank U so much for your video… bye

  3. Nice class. I wrote a book in Spanish and one of my life goals is to publish it in English but I don’t have an idea of how a novel must be written. Translation services are so expensive an I don’t have such good friends. Now I have a light of what to do and it’s just the same thing that I did to learn what I know in Spanish.
    Not need to reinvent the sugar water, thanks so much.

  4. Nice class. I wrote a book in Spanish and one of my life goals is to publish it in English but I don’t have an idea of how a novel must be written. Translation services are so expensive an I don’t have such good friends. Now I have a light of what to do and it’s just the same thing that I did to learn what I know in Spanish.
    Not need to reinvent the sugar water, thanks so much.

  5. Stefanie you speaks so clearly i love watching your video…wish all native speaker speak like you…i will confident to make conversation

  6. I really like your videos a lot and I understand almost everything you said but I need to improve my vocabulary, could you give me some tips? Saludos desde Brasil !

  7. Hi Stephanie, I like your video because not many people will differentiate the grammar from their writing styles as you have reiterated. You are the ONLY person who clearly explained, referring to different grammar styles which existed in different eras.
    As a practising UK grammarian I get cross with people who do not care about grammar. Your explanations of the issues were crystal clear and delivered in a rapid firing session. I add, it was quite refreshing to listen to. Thank you very much.

  8. why i type something i make scandal ! for example guy and gay …. long time ago i said this (( im good gay )) and people laugh about it –– i translate what said in a big group of americans and friend from all the world –– omg umbaricing my self 🙁 but now i improve little of deffirence ^^ sister stephanie

  9. I'm not very good with writing, Even I can understand what you are saying and I can understand English writter but I still have a little problem with writing!

  10. I'm daily watching your videos, thank you so much to help us to become confident when speaking english! Greeting from Brazil!

  11. oh my god! I cant agree more with every word you have said! you are like the goddess of English, for me! oh my god you are awesome! awesome awesome awesome!

  12. I'm learning a lot just seeing your videos. And I even think that my listening skills are improving much more than I expected. Simply Thank you!

  13. Im actually having a hard time constructing sentences. I could not just express myself in english and I am not good in grammar.

  14. A great strategy to improve your writing is to chat in some websites. If I have learned a lot in those places, you can do it. Greetings from Colombia.

  15. I had one girl waiting me in LA I don't know if I can say like this but I always send messages for her writeing poetry or something that I can possible be feeling she makes videoa and song's saying who will apper on my apartament you said who your husband is from Argentina so these things really happens is really normal these things on America I saw your videos and feel a positive things about that she're not lying how you knew your hudband? Pls

  16. Bunch of thanks to you. I've been looking around for a number of videos about this and i just wasn't interested in their tips and ways to practice writing. And your method was so different and persuasive, yes, all the things that you said had really convinced me that this was such a good and reasonable and logic way to practice writing. Thank you. You impressed me in the very first video.

  17. Your english speaking is so sexual indeed. You are really interested me. Please help me to contact with you. You are the person who I want to see as my teacher

  18. I can’t comment on your blog, but Thank you so much Stefanie 💝 you’re the best English coach. 🙌🏼

  19. Hi Stefany, eu enviei um e-mail mas não tive resposta ainda, gostaria muito de estudar com você.

  20. Hi, thanks for this video. It is very helpful. Yet, i have question: my friend told me that one of methods to have good writing is to replay or re write a article i am reading. What do you think? Thanks for helping.

  21. I come to your Chanel and others chanels that record videos about improving the English, just because to me it's a therapy, it's one of the things I really like doing every single day, thank u honey , never stop doing what you do

  22. So basically this video is saying, if you want to improve your writing go to someone who knows what they're doing and look stuff up.

  23. What can i do..??if i ask dowbts in comment section due to many number of comments it won't visible to you..!!then how can i clarify my dowbt steffff..!!!!!!:-(

  24. First and foremost issue for native English teachers is that they do not understand how to write or speak English being far away from English

  25. BYE BYE
    SEE U NEXT TIME.
    I DONT NEED ANYTHING TO FINISH MY JOB.
    IN FACT I WAS LIVING IN SO MUCH PEACE BEFORE THIS "CT-SCAN" HAPPENED N GOT ME SURROUNDED.

  26. I am a lousy writer even in my native language. At present, I want to concentrate on improving my speaking abilities in English. I will approach writing skills later on, maybe… Thank you for the tips though. They are making me think.

  27. Thanks for sharing such informative things about writing skills I'm really searching for it and finally now I got it❤️ .. thanks again

  28. English is an alien and second language for most of the people living in different parts of the world. It makes no difference that one can write or speak it properly or not. Language is merely a source of communication. Its not a source of honor or proud. Those who still believe that English language is a source of proud are living in the days of slavery (colonialism). Western colonialism is the darkest phase of human History. There is not a single European country in which the History of colonialism is taught as a subject. Even in British syllabus there is no mention of colonialism. English is a merely a language like any other languages but its international status compel the people world over to read, write, speak and understand it. Every language is highly respectable and esteemed. Even an African or Amazonian tribal language is highly respectable although just a few illiterate tribal people are speaking it living far and away from the civilized world. The most important factor of a language is that those who are speaking it, should feel comfort and ease at the time of communication. People should learn English as an international language not as a matter of proud. French Prime Minister Clemenceau in 1904 said that "English is a badly pronounced French." (Even in modern English 70 % words are of French origin).

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