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A Publication for Non-native English Writers

Non-native English Voices

Publishing an article in English when English isn’t your first language can feel uncomfortable.

You’re afraid of making mistakes, sounding unnatural, or looking stupid. You think your grammar is not good enough to inspire others, your vocabulary is too basic to tell a motivational story, and your sentences are so ugly that people would be scared to see them.

You also think you’re ugly, too.

I disagree with all that so I opened Non-native English Voices to show you how wrong (and beautiful) you are.

No Great Writer Became a Great Writer by Hiding Their Writing

Beyoncé didn’t wait to have perfect singing skills before performing on a stage. Nor did Lionel Messi become the best soccer player in the world by waiting to be the best before playing in a stadium.

Follow their example.

Don’t wait to have “perfect” English before publishing your writing. Use whatever English you have available now and start making art today. Don’t spend another minute overthinking whether you’re good enough.

You are — end of story.

Hit publish and let your writing show us how we can see our world differently. Help us.

We need to read you.

It’s Safe

Medium publications have high language standards that many non-native English writers are not yet able to meet.

That’s where Non-native English Voices comes in.

Non-native English Voices is a publication to help you get into the habit of putting your imperfect English in front of an audience.

It’s free of charge and free of judgment.

It’s safe.

No Competition

Some of the writers in Non-native English Voices will have better writing skills than yours. This shouldn’t discourage you.

Reframe your thinking and be grateful to these people as they’re showing you what’s possible. They’re the painters of your future self as a writer.

Some other writers, however, don’t write as well as you (yet).

This, too, should motivate you as they’ll remind you of how much progress you’ve made. They are a reflection of the writer you used to be. Encourage these people. Leave them a thoughtful comment telling them how much you appreciate their stories. Cheer them on.

No one in the history of the world has ever disliked a bit of encouragement.

Always remember that we’re not here to compete. Writing isn’t a race. Writing is a tool that sharpens your thinking and creates connections.

Many people underestimate the power of writing as they never write anything unless they have to.

But you’re not one of those.

Work on Your English

Non-native English Voices does not seek to promote sloppy writing full of mistakes. Mistakes are distracting for the reader. No one, yourself included, wants to read a text that is a collection of errors and broken sentences.

So you must work on getting the language right.

Getting into the habit of writing and publishing your stories is a way to learn how to get the language right.

You’ll naturally have language doubts when writing. “Do I need this word or that word?” “Is this sentence grammatically correct?” “Should I use the past or the present?”

All these doubts will make you curious. And you learn only when you’re curious.

If you don’t write, you won’t learn.

Join Non-native English Voices

All your fears of not being good enough will disappear in an instant as soon as you realise that helping others through writing feels great.

Medium has made writing for others easy for you.

Non-native English Voices has made it even easier.

You’re welcome to join us!

Here’s how to do it.

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