ESL and Blogging

Blogging With Success (BWS) launched on November 1, 2008. It is a 4 member team blog aimed at new and developing bloggers who want to find the most effective path to their blog’s success.

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ESL & Blogging

This article Writing in English as a Second Language contains some very useful strategies for bloggers that I believe some of my readers will be interested in reading.

“For native English speakers, this won’t be a problem. But for those of us, who speak English as a second language (ESL), writing posts without grammatical mistakes is a very difficult task. While ESL speakers can write in English quite well, there are hidden problems that are hard to avoid. “

Many sites are available to explain specific language matters. Here are some additional sites you may want to visit:

  • Answers.com Search for definitions, pronunciation, and even translation.
  • The Hypertext Webster provides an efficient way of looking up words and then navigating around synonyms and alternatives.
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe Help Center. Opens 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.
  • Daily Lesson Plan for English Teachers published by the New York Times.
  • Dictionary Link – Your guide to free online dictionary and translation services. With definitions in most languages, thesaurus, word of the day & encyclopedia links.
  • Translation. This site can translate all the major languages, including Chinese.
  • Hypergrammar is the online textbook of a grammar-review course at the University of Ottawa. You can give yourself a thorough review of the parts of speech and the standard rules of sentence correctness — even spelling rules. Then take the review tests and check the explanations. The sections on word choice, paragraphing and organization give advice on what’s suitable for academic writing.
  • If you think science and writing don’t mix, have a look at what NASA (the US National Space and Aeronautical Administration) has to say about grammar, punctuation and capitalization.

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9 thoughts on “ESL and Blogging

  1. @Ibn Hanif
    Thanks do much for your kindness. It is very much appreciated. I wish you all the best in return and hope to see your username in my comments often. :)

  2. Your’re so welcome timethief.
    Yes, I’m a stranger to you but timethief you are not a stranger for me. Not only I there are many unknown readers of your blog who learned a lot from your blog and also from your replies in the BlogCatalog discussions, particularly dicussions relating to blogging help.
    Although, your new comments are not available there but your old replies are still a great source of learning. You’re not in the forum but your respect still resides in our hearts.
    TT, I wish you all the best!
    Ibn Hanif (www.BlogCatalog.Com/User/PearlTrader)

    1. @PearlTrader
      Hello there stranger. It’s so good to hear from you. Thanks for the positive feedback. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy new year. :)

  3. At last I see in this post what I’ve been expecting of the ‘blogosphere’ — breaking down the barriers that many blogs stake out, sometimes unconsciously. I was surprised by the lack of dialog and plain old ‘help’ when I started my first blog. Obviously, your well-established blog doesn’t need the juice of a new kid on the block. With this post you show how a blogger can add value to another’s post and give even more to the ‘readers’ — no one really ‘owns’ blog readers, but we all want to share information and tickle the intellect of everyone in our reach.

    This topic of ESL has so many sides and your list of resources will hit home with different people, having different reasons for blogging in English. The Cafe help center has an interesting discussion of ‘Punctuation differences in US and UK English’ — one of our writer uses UK English. I like your last bullet — for a non-English speaking blogger I’m sure writing in English must be close to rocket science!

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