How to Prepare a great English Essay

English essays need lots of proofreading
You would probably not be looking for information on how to write an English essay if such was your first language. If you are worried about not being able to write a good essay in English, it is probably because you are not so sure about your language skills. Maybe you are applying for an international university or college on an English speaking country.
Well, surely if the essay is supposed to be written in a foreign language you may multiply the difficulty by two! Besides trying to figure out what to say, you also have to think very carefully how to say it. It doesn’t matter how much time we have been studying the second language: it’s never quite the same. As wearing a borrowed jacket that may fit us well, but still doesn’t feel exactly like our own.
People that learn English many times run into the same difficulties… and end up making the same mistakes. But do not worry: here are some tips for helping you in your writing.
Lost in translation
When trying to work on an essay in a language different from your own (for example, French or Spanish), one tends to think in such a language and then translate each thought into English rather than producing directly in the foreign language. This is a mistake, since the structure of every language is unique and can express ideas unlikely to be translated without being a bit changed. The best you can do if you need to prepare an essay in a language different than your, is forget about translating and actually think in the foreign language.
When you finish writing…
Who can provide you some valuable help when it’s up to writing in English? Of course, the best choice is a native English speaker, someone who can read your English essay and tell you if it is easily readable or full of weird sounding expressions. Another good tip is using an online grammar and spell-checker. Anyway, relax and take it easy. With a little patience and some help you will surely be writing English essays that Shakespeare himself wouldn’t complain about.
Speaking vs. Writing
Maybe writing is not your forte, even when English actually is your mother tongue. It doesn’t matter. The basic fact is that you need advice on how to prepare English essays, and you have come to the right place for that. Do you speak English fluently, and yet you are insecure about your writing skills? Do not worry, it is normal!
Some linguistics agree that oral language is something innate in human beings. It is in our species the necessity to communicate by speaking. On the contrary, writing is not something biological but cultural, an ability that has to be learned and practiced. Writing is a habit one must acquire, such as studying.

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