Improving my English

by Volker Weber

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It is very difficult to improve if everybody tells you that you are good. I am thankful that Andrew has been helping me from time to time to spot some of my errors. Now he is taking it up a notch and sent me this handy style guide. Let's see how this works. Thank you, Andrew!

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Thanks for the tip! Ordered a copy - let's see if they can improve a near-native English speaker.

Maikel Maes, 2014-10-05 20:41

In case you like podcasts:
https://itunes.apple.com/de/podcast/6-minute-english/id262026947?mt=2

Tobias Mueller, 2014-10-05 20:45

Well I applaud both Mr. M. and yourself. I admire both of you enormously. You beat my German / French / Spanish / Italian hands-down :-)

Ben Poole, 2014-10-05 21:39

The plan appears to be to beat you in English. Not that I would dare to try.

Volker Weber, 2014-10-05 21:52

I still like good old Strunk & White.

Daniel Tietze, 2014-10-05 23:31

I'm married to a professional editor and communicator, and I was taught English at a time when grammar was not taught. My English is never good enough! So you can have the satisfaction of using English more correctly than I do :-)

Jason Hook, 2014-10-06 11:12

German speakers are much better at pointing out language mistakes than are English speakers. :-)

Scott Hanson, 2014-10-06 14:40

You're more than welcome Volker! Hope it helps.

I hesitated for a while to send you Fowler's Modern English Usage, but I thought the compact, concise nature of this style guide would suit you better.

And I'm happy to repay in a small way the effort behind vowe.net, which is a daily read.

Andrew Magerman, 2014-10-06 19:31

My recommendation: Subscribe to The Economist, excellent apps, professional native speakers read The Economist to you, word by word, week by week.

Felix Binsack, 2014-10-07 00:22

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