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Non-Native English Writers , Use AI to Improve Your Writing

Why would you not want to?

If you’re a non-native English writer whose English isn’t fully developed yet, you may struggle with grammar, word choice, punctuation, and other technical aspects of the language.

I’ve been there too as English is my second language.

The difference between me and you, though, is that I started learning English over ten years ago and had to hire a teacher to get feedback on my writing. 

You don’t need to do it.

You live in the era of large language models like ChatGPT— AI tools that have been trained on trillions of data and can check your sentences in 0.2 milliseconds. If you know how to use them, these tools can be effective writing assistants. 

There’s plenty of evidence confirming this. I know because I’m reading dozens of research papers as part of my Master’s dissertation in Language Education.

So I hope you’re using ChatGPT, Gemini, DeepL, Grammarly, and other free writing software. Not doing it feels like a waste to me — just like it would be a waste not to use a good dictionary.

I use ChatGPT all the time. Not to replace my own writing style, no. All of my writing is *I*-generated. Trimming sentences is fun. Reorganising paragraphs is fun. Transforming the invisible content of my mind into words that people can read is fun. Why would I want a robot to do all that for me?

But I do ask ChatGPT to:

  • Compare different versions of a sentence.
  • Check for stylistic features I’m not sure about.
  • Suggest words based on Italian equivalents.
  • Check my text for readability.

I shamelessly do this and encourage you to do it too.

Does it still make sense in 2024 to hire someone to check your writing? It depends. How do you like learning? Who do you trust? What type of feedback are you seeking?

I’ll leave those questions to you.

But if you’re a non-native English writer looking to improve, why would you not want a free writing assistant that’s available to you 24/7?

That, to me, would make no sense.

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I compiled a list of ChatGPT prompts you can use to self-edit and improve your writing. You can read it here for free.

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