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Plain language, accessibility

Using plain language—choosing our words and presenting information with our readers in mind—is key to inclusive and accessible writing. I’m daily learning how they all work together and hope that these articles will be useful for you too in reaching more people with your writing.

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Are phrasal verbs difficult? Writing for international readers

Are phrasal verbs difficult? Writing for international readers

Looking up phrasal verbs in a dictionary is a pain. That's why you may want to reconsider using them if you're writing for non-fluent English speakers. Plain language guidelines suggest ...
Some contractions can be harder to read: Writing for international readers

Some contractions can be harder to read: Writing for international readers

Do you use contractions (like "it's" and "don't") in your writing? I do! But some kinds of contractions may make it harder for readers to follow. Do you use contractions? ...
Writing clear English for diverse audiences

Writing clear English for diverse audiences

We're advised to tailor our writing to our audiences. But what if our intended audience is very diverse? What can we do to write as clearly as possible? ...
Imprecise writing wastes time and money

Imprecise writing wastes time and money

How does not using plain language cost firms and workers money? I had a first-hand experience with a global firm that showed me exactly how ...
Presenting in clear English for diverse audiences

Presenting in clear English for diverse audiences

Need to present to a diverse, international audience? Here are some tips ...
RESOURCES: Plain language for academics

RESOURCES: Plain language for academics

Here are links to articles from experts who argue how using plain language will help improve academic writing too. It's not about "dumbing down" your message but making sure that ...
Attempts of a non-designer to visually present information so it's clear

Attempts of a non-designer to visually present information so it’s clear

I used to think that tinkering with figures and tables was an indulgence—I did it for fun if I had time. But now I know that visual presentation matters and ...
Plain language is a civil right

Plain language is a civil right

Access to information is essential for us to participate in society and lead healthy lives. Plain language helps us access that information, understand it, and use it to exercise our ...
What's wrong with "native speaker"? Plus ESL, ELL, EFL...alphabet soup!

What’s wrong with “native speaker”? Plus ESL, ELL, EFL…alphabet soup!

In reality, a "native English speaker" means people who are from a Western English-speaking country. The term is used to exclude anyone who doesn't fit into that group, no matter ...

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