Composing an Email For Non-Native English Speakers
Jul 24, 2009 Writing 1833 Views
When you are using English as a second language, it is usually an easier thing to converse than write in the vernacular. As such, many non-native speakers prefer either talking over the phone and real-time chat, than to discuss things over email, where clarifying certain things may not come too easy.
If you're trying to compose an email in English and are having a hard time deciding whether you're doing it right, try these quick fixes that can help you craft messages that doesn't leave your recipient confused:
1. If a phrase you've written doesn't quite sound right, you can verify by searching for it in Google. Type the phrase with quotation marks and see if it turns up any results. If you see it used by native English websites in the same context as you did, it's probably right. Google will also give suggestions sometimes when you're searching for the wrong phrase and that should help as well.
2. For single words that confuse you, try a dictionary or a thesaurus. If you use an all-in-one English language software, that should also have a built-in facility to help you figure things out.
3. Try reading it aloud. Oftentimes, mistakes are easier to notice when you're hearing them. Additionally, if it is an important email, you can ask a friend to proofread the document before sending it on its way.
Composing an Email is not that easy nor hard, but if you are going to send it to a very professional person especially when in terms of business deals, you really have to focus on the flow of your composition. Read your compositions as many as possible for you to deermine whether there are errors in the words or grammar of the sentences.