Charles Basenga Kiyanda

How to improve, as a foreign speaker, your written english.

I really, really, REALLY hope I got the commas right in the title. I’m a native French speaker and struggle to no end when writing documents in English. I’ve been looking for ways to improve my written English. Writing more often on this blog is, in part, an effort to achieve this goal.

My wife recently started a Master’s degree and I’ve discovered that correcting the texts of another non-native speaker. Consider it a game of chess against a well-matched opponent. Despite my limited abilities, I’m amazed I can actually make her texts better.

I’ve found some resources most useful in correcting (others and myself alike). Regarding commas, the best explanation I’ve seen so far online is here. The oatmeal also has an informative and funny poster about semicolons.

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