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As many know, studying the "global English" or "international English" is one of my stronger tech comm interests. Marcia Riefer Johnston has written an excellent article here for The Content Wrangler that talks about the use of international English, and she provides some solid examples of how better understanding of it helps with writing for an international audience. Read up! This is a worthwhile read (as all things from Marcia are). –TechCommGeekMom
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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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8 thoughts on “How Global Is Your English: 8 Ways To Keep It Simple And Save Big | The Content Wrangler”
Do go on.
LOL. You know my love of your writing runs deep, my friend.
P.S. I can’t take credit for the content of that article. It summarizes the main points from a webinar led by Greg Adams and Matthew Kaul on The Content Wrangler channel. Good stuff!
Even so–you wrote a great summary! I’m not a believer that there is truly an “international English”, but I like to read about good techniques, which you summarized here rather well.
Danielle, Thank you. I agree that “international English,” however laudable the concept, comes from wishful thinking. Words are slippery things. In the right hands, that slipperiness lends itself to beauty. When you just want to get a simple point across, though, well, draw a picture and wave your hands around.
… even as you make every effort to use words consistently and do all the other things this article touches on. Just because a goal can’t be reached perfectly doesn’t mean it’s not worth aiming for.
Exactly. A picture can be worth a thousand words, so I’ve heard. 😉