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5 questions for a health professional about writing in English

What do health professionals say about writing in English when it’s not their first language?

Tomás is a speech therapist from Spain and wants to write articles for professional journals.

  1. How do you feel about writing in English?
    It’s fun but hard. I take a long time to write something because I want the reader to understand exactly what I want to say.

  2. What’s the hardest thing about writing in English?
    Anglo writing is very concise and that’s a big challenge. I write and then I have to cut and rewrite to make it easier to read.

  3. How do you overcome this?
    For me active copying is very useful. I work on articles published in the journal to notice the expressions and grammar. This helps me to see what I need to aim for with my writing.

  4. What are your writing goals?
    I want to get my first article accepted for publication this year.

  5. What’s your advice for others who need to write in English?
    Read a lot and work with a writing coach. My coach helps me with my mistakes, suggests how to say things more clearly and also encourages me to keep going.

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