Non-native speakers and writers of English

If you are not a native speaker and writer of English, you have my deepest admiration and respect. Although I’m a native English speaker, I’ve studied several languages (more on this below), so I know what a struggle it is to produce a solid piece of writing in a language that you don’t speak as a native. 

I have years of experience working with speakers of other languages—particularly Russian and Arabic—and editing texts translated into English from other languages. I love taking interesting and beautiful ideas, no matter how they were originally expressed, and finding the best way to capture their essence in clear, colloquial English. In order to do that, I always work closely with the author to make sure that I completely understand his or her intent.

I can work with you at any stage in the writing process: as a developmental editor, during the original drafting; or as a line or copy editor, to refine an existing text so that it reads as though it was originally written by a native English speaker. Along the way, you choose the level of feedback you want. If you want your text just edited and corrected—I can do that. If you would like detailed feedback, along with the reasons why I made changes, I can do that too—and actually, that is my preference, so that you can grow and develop as a writer of English.

Just in case you’re curious—the languages I’ve studied are Russian, German, and Turkish. My strongest, and the only one in which I’m reasonably fluent, is Russian. So, пожалуйста, давайте работать вместе! 

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