Any tips for improving writing skills in your target language?

From your experiene, what helped you best to improve write gramatically correct in your target language?

Is it only classes with teacher or something more?

Jun 2, 2019 8:11 PM
Comments · 10

Hi there! Good question! 

There are so many things you can do.. I agree with the others that reading helps but I also think its really important to PRACTICE writing as much as you can - emails, messages, blogs and each time you write try to focus on ONE thing and get that perfect. For example: think about punctuation; then think about spelling; then think about verb+ noun agreement; then maybe check each sentence to make sure you have the subject + verb + relative clause (getting more complex) or that you have added some adjectives and maybe adverbs to make them stronger or weaker and so on. 

Maybe you could make a 'checklist' and go through it each time you write something. Lots of teachers provide an editing / correction service - I'd be happy to help you!  Good luck 


June 2, 2019

I can think of nothing but "practice." But you need a reason to practice.

From about 2003 to 2008 or so I was a fairly active Wikipedia editor. I found that writing Wikipedia articles--and adding sentences and paragraphs to existing articles--really made me concentrate. It made me work on thinking about how to say things and how to be clear. The reason is simply that I knew (or believed) that someone would be reading what I wrote.

So, figure out a way to write articles that someone else will be reading. You could start a blog. If you belong to a club, you could contribute articles to their newsletter or website.

June 2, 2019
That is a problem that I have been struggling with. Up until now I am facing problem on writing. I still have no clear and effective way to sharpen this particular skill, but I thinks one should practise a lot.
June 3, 2019

Ugh - my written Spanish is SO bad.  I am working on it now and I am like level B2/C1 but it's so bad.  I have always studied Spanish on my own, never had a teacher, but I am wondering if I need one to get any further. on my own

My advice to you is to use Italki's Notebook section to write blogs that are 3 - 4 paragraphs long, and you can have them corrected by natives.  My writing has improved a lot this way.  

Good luck to you!  

June 2, 2019
I recommend that you read a lot because I think it helped me a lot to sink in the structure of the language. 
June 2, 2019
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Language Skills
Danish, English, Latvian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish
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Norwegian, Russian, Spanish