First Language not English?

If English is not your first language, your writing can suffer problems with idiom, grammar and style. An idiom is an expression unique to a particular language whose meaning is not deducible from its individual words. There are many of these in English, such as ‘over the moon’ or ‘see the light’.

A single word can have multiple meanings in English, despite sharing the same spelling and gender. For example, the noun ‘spring’ can mean a season, a piece of coiled metal or a sudden jump. Only a native speaker will recognise or use these words in their correct context.

Even more baffling, different types of English often use very distinct styles depending on who will read them. For example, ‘literary’ writing uses language in a less concise way than ‘technical’ or ‘scientific’ writing. Finally, the different English speaking countries all have their own distinct idioms, spellings and styles.

Bearing all this in mind, it is obvious that writing a letter, application or thesis can be very difficult if English is not your first language. You want to create the right impression but there are so many pitfalls (that is another idiom unique to English) you can stumble into.

Fortunately, we have the skills and experience to ensure you convey the correct meaning every time.