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  1. Indian English vs. American English

    Wikipedia has a decent page on Indian English which can be helpful for Indian writers who are trying to sell into the U.S. market.

    It may not be fair, but the realities of the Internet market are that most buyers want content written in standard mid-Western American English.

    Many Indian content developers would be able to double their rates if they were able to successfully modify their writing styles.
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  2. Ha! I also have "issues" with British vs. American English. I know that most potential visitors to my sites will be searching using American English, but when I'm writing website content, I just can't bring myself to omit my beloved unnecessary "u"s or write "centre" differently, etc.

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    Well that page helped me too! And the thing that sucks to me, like Dr. Stavros says, is to me that Color & Colour is the same. But for some people they can really kill me because I make the mistake because of the British & American English.

    But heck, I don't care a lot about it, I'm doing my best and I hope people can read what I write, that's it -- If you understand what I mean, we're both happy
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    I used British English most of the time.

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    I use both British English and American English but there seem to only be really tiny differences between both of them.

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    Indeed a decent page, Will. But I'm sure it's not just about usage of some words or phrases but also the sentence structure. I'm not against Indian writers because some of them are really good, talented and full of creative ideas. But even after being an Indian, I must admit that many Indian writers don't have that flow. The sentences are complicated and compound as if they think in Hindi and translate the same to English. The sentences and the flow of content should be easy and fun-to-read. Many expert Indian writers with great command on English are out of this but most of the beginners do have this problem. Only this page won't help them. They need to follow some good copywriting blogs as well as tips and tricks by expert copywriters like John Carlton, Michel Fortin, Brian Keith Voile etc.
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by ChillingBreeze View Post
    .. it's not just about usage of some words or phrases but also the sentence structure. ... I must admit that many Indian writers don't have that flow. The sentences are complicated and compound as if they think in Hindi and translate the same to English.
    Yes, exactly! I work with a lot of Indian writers who have not "converted" yet and the writing is very wordy and almost stilted. The ratio of "connector words" to "content words" is just so high as to drive me crazy trying to read.

    The model American writer is Ernest Hemingway. He is a famous American novelist who started as a newspaper writer. His writing is famous for using short sentences made up of short words, yet his writing is intensely evocative and compelling. Indian writers tend to manufacture sentences which are, as you say, "complicated and compound." It's very hard to read. It feels like they are making things overly complex on purpose!

    I don't want to say that one style of writing is better than the other, but longer sentences are harder to read. Almost every writer I've worked with could improve the readability of their works by using shorter sentences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    It's very hard to read. It feels like they are making things overly complex on purpose!

    I don't want to say that one style of writing is better than the other, but longer sentences are harder to read. Almost every writer I've worked with could improve the readability of their works by using shorter sentences.
    They probably are. Many who begin writing in English for the first time try to model themselves after someone, or they try to fit everything into one sentence. I've also come across Indian writers who use to many "filler" sentences. Like this:

    This method is number one. I can tell you I use this method personally. I am continuing loving how this works and you will too, let me explain...

    I think stopping and learning the basics (how sentences are formed and how words fit together in Western English) would definitely improve writing. Which means they should start reading more. Books, not blog posts.

    I don't think long sentences make content harder to read, depending on who is writing them. Sentence length serves as part of literary structure just like short sentences, figurative language, etc. It all comes together to form an individual's writing style.

    I write in long sentences because that's just my personality. I'd like to think it doesn't degrade the quality of my writing skills.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Sneakyheathen View Post
    They probably are. Many who begin writing in English for the first time try to model themselves after someone...
    I usually recommend Ernest Hemingway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakyheathen View Post
    This method is number one. I can tell you I use this method personally. I am continuing loving how this works and you will too, let me explain...
    That example was so real it made me want to scratch my eyeballs out of my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakyheathen View Post
    I write in long sentences because that's just my personality. I'd like to think it doesn't degrade the quality of my writing skills.
    You didn't in this post.

    Next time I receive a paragraph-length sentence with more than eight commas, I will post it here.
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    Will the wikipedia link you have provided is so much fun! I will share this with my friends and other Indian members.
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