Tips on spotting mistakes and correcting them

I hope you checked my two posts on The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made by Learners of English Part 1 and Part 2.

Here are my inspired tips on how to get rid of them.

  • when you learn a grammar rule or new vocabulary use it in writing and speaking as soon as you learn it!
  • if you are a beginner or generally in your first few years of learning English, my tip is: KISS (Keep it Simple, Stupid! 😀 ) or (Keep it Simple & Short), as you prefer. The longer the sentences you use, the more mistakes you’ll make. After you get better, you can also get more adventurous!
  • don’t translate from your native language, as it’s very likely that the meaning will be very obscure and the sentence syntax will be very different from English.
  • use a good online or paper dictionary, like Oxford, Cambridge, Merriam Webster or Macmillan Dictionary.
  • listen to yourself and others speaking – be self-critical, without being too hard on yourself either.
  • keep a checklist of these mistakes in your notebook and use it to correct your homework or emails. The checklist needs to be updated periodically, as your language learning will evolve, so old mistakes will disappear and new ones will find a place on the list. This tip goes together with being self-critical.
  • use grammarly.com to check your homework or everyday emails. However, if you write emails, reports, contracts in English for your business or you write a website in English I recommend you consider investing in the Premium plan. It makes a big differencechecklist-plaatje.480x0Thanks for reading and keep on learning English! Don’t get discouraged, if you use these tips, I’m sure it will get better.

Write to me if you found this useful or if you want more posts on other topics. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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