One more language added to your list. Way to go, Sherlock! I guess, you’ve used that app you’ve always used and turned that 500-page dictionary into edible pieces. You kept on chewing them on a daily basis until words started pouring on that sheet of paper. You’ve created your very first composition in that language.
My guess is you’ve started learning that certain language having a goal in mind. I mean, I’m not trying to learn mandarin for the sole purpose of speaking with my cat. You have a reason, that’s for sure. I’d learn mandarin if I’d like to target Asian clients or if I’d want to move there for a few years.
The tricky question is: how can you become a word wizard in a foreign language? Your writing skills are medium, at most, in your native language? How can you create pitch-perfect content in a foreign one? Is that even possible?
1. Habits Over Ambition
This is for everything you will learn from now on. Learning a new language is not something that can be done overnight, we both know that. You need to take it bit by bit. You will need to start writing, reading, and speaking on a daily basis. Practice makes perfect.
It’s not about “How ambitious am I? How long will I keep going until I quit?”, it’s about “How do I turn this into a habit? How long will it take to turn a 30-pages-a-day rule into a habit?”
According to scientists, a student with great organizational skills will increase his learning capabilities thus, the results and marks will be above the average. This is for sure, you need top-notch organizational skills for you to have a smooth learning process.
Have you managed to turn that 30-pages-a-day rule into a habit, yet? You haven’t, have you? Keep on grinding, you are almost there.
2. Reading is Key
“Each and everyone of us is the kid of his work.”, Miguel de Cervantes. This is a quote that should be your ultimate guideline. Let’s say you want to learn Spanish, take the best writers they have and read at least one or two books they wrote.
By doing this, you will be able to learn the insights of each language, where the verb should be placed and how you should design the sentences. It’s very important to think directly in that certain language. By composing a sentence in your native language and translating it into the language you want to learn you might end up with a total nonsense.
Apart from those writers we’ve been talking about, you should increase your spread. Not only classic literature, try to read news, articles, bloggers, everything that you can get your hands on.
3. Criticism is Constructive
According to Daniel Green, BestEssays Lead Writer “Native writers tend to have a critical approach towards non-natives. They always try to find the needle in the haystack. Try not to get discouraged by them.”
So, what are you going to do? Keep your head down and get frustrated because you can’t write perfectly? Of course not! Use that criticism in a constructive way. Act on them and try to fix your writing skills but, don’t let them affect you.
4. Grammar For The Win
I’ve met lots of people who can speak fluently, almost native-like, but if you tell them to write down everything they talk, they will tell you that’s not possible. Let’s say you meet a Spanish-speaking client and you’ve negotiated an important contract with him, now it’s time to write it down. Would you be able to do it?
Let me tell you something, 9 out of 10 cases, that client will turn your offer down if you don’t write it correctly. “If I need some valuable information, while our contract unfolds, and he’s not able to write it correctly, how am I supposed to trust that information?”
Grammar goes hand-in-hand with speaking, the better you handle grammar, the easier it will be to speak fluently.
5. Tweaking Your Skills, Become a Native
You might’ve become a very good speaker/writer but, for you to blend in with the locals, you need to improve your skills, shape those edges. Books like William Strunk Jr.’s Elements of Style are great at learning the way you should write and speak correctly in English.
Also, apart from teaching you how to write and speak English correctly, this information will be helpful for other languages, as well.Conclusion
Writing in a foreign language can be very tricky. Apart from the under-developed vocabulary, you will need to improve your writing skills, and remove those typos. Try to write and read at least one or two hours a day and you will be able to develop your writing skills to a native-like level.