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Top tips for writing essays in a foreign language

Posted by [email protected] on May 28, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It is commonplace to get stuck on writing an essay in your native language let alone having to take up the same task in a foreign language. You might wonder whether the essay you write will be comprehensible in the foreign language which will, in turn, breed anxiety. Here are top tips to avoid this and to jump-start your fluency in writing in a foreign language.

Draft your essay in the foreign language

Doing this first will save you a lot of time during the writing process. When y...

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Writing Secrets - Sentence Harmony

Posted by [email protected] on March 24, 2014 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

England's greatest bard, William Shakespeare, did not always stick to the rules of grammar.


Take for example one of his well known lines from Hamlet. It should have been written to be or not being - that is the question? Doesn't have the same ring about it really, does it?


The version of the sentence he used is an axample of sentence harmony. A good sensence should also be an harmonious sentence.


Just imagine that y...

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Writing a tie-in Book

Posted by [email protected] on August 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

'Tie-in books' are basically novelty books, that in some way relate to another entity; a character, a TV show a hobby, radio character. They come in all shapes and sizes and they can be small gift books, large-format luxury novels, fun books that have sound and noise gimmicks, and practical books which include materials to help you further a hobby and of course the Annual!

So, how do you go about writing such a book?

Start with doing some research. If you are writing ...

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Proofreading isn't just for writers ...

Posted by [email protected] on August 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In the ever more competitive jobs market, a little proofreading can go a long way. Sending in a CV that is riddled with grammatical errors and badly organised could kill off any chance you have of getting an interview.

In the past, anyone with an education could be pretty much guaranteed a good career. That is no longer the case. Nowadaysa degree isn't always enough to convince recruiters th...

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How to Make Children Appear Believable

Posted by [email protected] on March 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

When including children within your manuscript it isimportant that you write about them and for them in such a way that they appearbelievable. This includes considering such elements as their physicalappearance, their clothing, their interests, their relationships and theirlanguage.

As a writer it is often difficult to get inside the mindsetof your characters, particularly as an adult trying to write the character of achild. As with all characters, to help you with this process it is es...

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Improve your grammar by studying English.

Posted by [email protected] on October 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

English is a core subject in British schools. All pupils from infant to school leaving age are required to study it in one way or another. The study of English at a higher level continues to be popular but it is not for everyone.

 

Most traditional English courses were largely literature based. This meant, and still means, that you have lots to read. If you enjoy reading then this is no problem, but much of the reading in fact most of it is likely to be done in your own time....

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The semicolon.

Posted by [email protected] on November 24, 2011 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Semicolon or comma? This can be a sticky question to resolve but here are some tips that we hope might help you to decide.

Love it or hate it, the semicolon is here to stay. George Orwell hated the semicolon so much that he refused to use it in one of his books - coming up for air, written in the year that the second world war broke out, does not have a single semicolon. George Bernard Shaw despaired of Lawrence, who used colons, commas and full stops but hardly ever a semicolon.

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