Twitter: Don’t Let Brevity Affect Your Grammar!

  • January 22, 2014

It’s the curse of Twitter: You have so much to say but very little space in which to say it. You don’t want to be one of those people who floods Twitter with a stream of tweets to say all of the things you have to say. That makes you look like you’re ranting! Instead, you look at your message and think…

More – Check Your Grammar

  • January 31, 2011

Grammarly.comWith its ability to have any text proofread and analyzed, Grammarly stands as a really interesting alternative for all those who want to become better writers. Not only can this application check grammar and punctuation on the whole, it can also detect texts that are plagiarized and perform deep stylistic analyses. Grammarly is able to tell you where you should begin focusing your attention in order to improve your writing in a reasonable amount of time.

Some of the grammar checks that Grammarly can run include looking for subject-verb agreements, faulty parallelisms, run-on sentences and comma splices… It is claimed on the site that Grammarly can carry over 150 different grammar tests, and while it is obviously impossible for me (or for anybody) to say whether that is accurate, I must say that the texts I threw at it were processed more than satisfactorily. But there is no reason for you to take my word for it – you can have texts analyzed for free, and without having to even sign up first. Just go and do.

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More – Help Kids Write Better

  • January 19, 2011

LetterLearning.comA site created by a teacher, Letter Learning has been designed to assist these parents that are worried about the literacy skills of their children. Through this site, they will be able to send greeting cards to their little ones, and slowly let them improve their spelling, letter formation, handwriting and reading skills. Birthday cards Thank You cards, Just Because cards… these are all readily sendable through the site, and they all come with the kind of cute designs and characters that anything which is children-related should bear.

And the site actually offers much more than that, as advanced cards for practicing math and other traditionally taxing topics can also be delivered.

In the end, the role a site such as this one can play in the life of any children is more than obvious. Text messaging and short communications have put the literacy skills of the younger ones on jeopardy. Personalized cards that are sent by their loved ones stand as the most meaningful context in which they could become acquainted with proper grammar and spelling.

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More – Helping People Write Much Better

  • October 4, 2010


Type is a tool that will mostly appeal to foreigners who have a basic understanding of English and want to sound as natural as possible when writing. Basically, this tool can offer word suggestions to the users right as they are typing. And it can also auto-correct and auto-replace these words that could give them away as non-native speakers of English.

Moreover, A.I.

Type lets the user get instant translations of what he is writing down in his native language. That will let him spot any “false friends” (IE, words whose lexical identity lends itself to confusions) right as he is typing away, as well as spotting grammar mistakes more easily.

A future version of A.I.

Type will introduce a very ambitious feature: letting the user activate different styles of writing that he can actually predefine himself. That is as interesting as it is bold, and I am eagerly waiting to see how well that is actually implemented when the day comes. In the meantime, you can download the current version of A.I.

Type on the site at just no cost.

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More – A Tool For Checking Your Spelling

  • June 6, 2010

SpellBoy.comIf you are concerned about the state of disrepair the English language is in, you might like to take a closer look at this website. It is named SpellBoy, and it will let you have any text that you input in the box that it provides analyzed word by word.

You will be immediately informed when (and if) a grammar mistake surfaces.

As a translator, I am always preoccupied with the way in which languages evolve and take shape over time. Hence, I find a site like this one appealing. However, there are add-ons for Firefox that play out a very similar role. That is, you install them and then any portion that is at fault is underlined in red as you are typing away. That is the basic role that SpellBoy provides, in the end, and while these add-ons do not have all the flexibility of SpellBoy when it comes to editing the text, it is also true that many won’t be bothered to launch a separate application just to check something that an add-on can check on the spot. That somehow dilutes the impact SpellBoy can have, but I honestly believe it is more than an acceptable application in itself.

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More – Check Your Grammar & Style Online

  • March 4, 2010

PaperRater.comWould you like to improve your writing? Are you interesting in getting a writing tool online? If that is the case, this website might be of help. By visiting, you will discover Paper Rater, a free resource that will allow you to check your grammar and spelling online. Therefore, if you want to improve your grammar and writing, this is the site you have to visit.

Are you searching for a vocabulary builder tool? Do you need a plagiarism detector? If you are a student looking for a free online grammar checker and proofreader, might be worth a try. In addition, on this site you will also get data on how to improve your writing style and chose the correct words.

To sum up, if you are interested in improving your writing and want to get a writing tool online, might be the right site for you to visit.

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More – Have Your Text Proofread

  • February 28, 2010

Korekt.meProofreading is a pivotal part of the process whereby a text is elaborated. Bypassing it is like buying the best alarm for your car but not bothering to check whether you actually lock the doors or not.

This site will let you have any text that you have written in English proofread. The system woks by having you submit your text online (you copy and paste it) and then receiving an estimate of how long would it take for it to be corrected (based on the actual length of the text), and how much it would all cost. On average, a page would cost something like € 6.00. That is, provided it has 300 words. If the document includes less words then the price is going to be lower.

I really wish they had somehow included a free trial on the site, because the only way to try the service to the full is actually paying the lowest fee that is charged (€ 1.00). Maybe they should consider adding some “Before and After” examples.

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More – Learn A New Language Perfectly

  • August 18, 2009

CorrectMyText.comWhen it comes to learning how to write and speak in a foreign language you need to find the right person to make the right corrections, and help you maximize the way you learn it. As you already know it is essential for anybody that wants to make sure that the learning process is correct.

Thus, this site is a good way to make sure that you are learning grammar without any errors.

The most common problem you face when you learn another language is that you can also learn it incorrectly and make mistakes you cannot get rid of. One of the best things about this site is the fact that it offers native speakers of different languages the chance to share their knowledge as well as to get in touch with many people interested in learning new languages.

What language are you looking for? In case you want to learn to speak English, German, or French, as well as Spanish, Portuguese, or Italian this is the right site for you to visit. Other languages include Russian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Do you want to register on this site? If so, you can do it and upload any text you need to have reviewed by native speakers or language professionals.

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More – Learn Spanish Through Videos

  • March 19, 2009

LanguageByVideo.comLanguage By Video gives students the possibility to learn Spanish grammar, in addition to vocabulary and culture through a series of short videos. One of the most important things about this interesting tool is the fact that it can be used by teachers as a very helpful teaching material.

The system provides online quizzes to test your understanding.

This website was created in order to improve the way people learn Spanish. It is very good to learn how to speak, and is it also very good to learn how to write. However the best part of it is to really know how to speak and write Spanish fluently.

This system gives you a very interesting new perspective in relation to the way you can learn Spanish easy, and effectively. There is a list of TV channels which you can stream from all Spanish speaking countries.

This is your time to learn Spanish through videos. Each video has a teaching point for the subtitles and translation making it unique. This is a social networking site you can take a look at if you want to learn Spanish in a brand new way.

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More – Poetry & Grammar

  • June 3, 2008 you need help with your English studies? Are you looking for advice in your grammar? This site will provide plenty of useful information for those looking for a hand in this area. It offers guidance and explanation about poetry, punctuation, speeches as well as the definitions of words.

You will also find free samples of letters, reports and presentations so as to offer examples of works to those visitors that need help. The site also contains a list that shows a wide variety of figures of speech terminology and definitions, such as alliteration, allegory, climax, simile, sarcasm and other useful definitions that are very useful for those studying and analyzing poetry. Related to grammar, the site also provides plenty of help, presenting definitions and advice related to vowels, consonants, sentences, paragraphs and many other divisions of the English grammar. This site will surely provide plenty of help for those looking to improve the different aspects of their English.

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More – Learn English On-line

  • May 29, 2008

Esldesk.comEnglish has become the second language more spoken in the world; it is actually many people’s second language. Perhaps because of the US expansion or because it is a very practical language, it became very popular these days.

If you want to learn English and start communicating with people from all over the planet, you might find this web site interesting. At you will have the chance to learn it. In case you don’t have time to attend a course and neither time to go to an English institute, you can learn it on line. On the top of the web site you will see diverse links, such as: books, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, quizzes, reading, etc. In addition, there is a whole section designated to common errors where you can learn from some other people’s mistakes and try to avoid them. Check out their site and learn the basics in order to become an English speaker.

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More Improve Your Grammar Skills

  • May 27, 2008 Improve Your Grammar SkillsIf you enjoy writing but feel that you could improve if you just had the proper lessons you should look at what Daily Grammar has to offer. By signing up to Daily Grammar you’ll get free grammar and writing lessons every day.

These lessons are designed to help you improve your grammar and become a better writer. They’re a great instructional tool for people of all ages and skill levels. You’ll soon be writing like a professional and will be able to accomplish any grammar challenge thrown you way. After five lessons you’ll be sent a grammar quiz to test your knowledge. On the site you will be able to sign up for the daily lessons or if you prefer you have the option of accessing the lesson archive or purchasing the eBook. With these lessons you will become familiar with the different parts of speech, sentence structure, and the mechanics of writing. The site features a glossary of terms that will help you understand the terms that are used in the lessons. Improve Your Grammar Skills

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More – Language Portal

  • May 22, 2008 is a language portal which offers users a complete set of language learning tools.

There are quizzes, dictionaries, and forums. The site currently works supports English, German, French, Turkish, Chinese and Portuguese. Users can participate in creating their own tests and translations or they can consult the site’s resources. Tests focus on grammar and syntax as well as terminology which are grouped by subject—e.g. travel, food, lodging etc. The on site dictionaries can be filtered for technical terms, for idiomatic sayings and proverbs, as well as for synonyms; there’s also an in built suggestion engine for finding similar terms. Tools include a dictionary plug-in for Firefox and IE, an iGoogle gadget, and a language quiz widget.

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More – Writing Tips

  • May 14, 2008

Write101.comThis website is perfect for people like me, content writers of internet, but also for anyone who likes writing or is planning to do it. Write101.

com is a website devoted to writing, featuring writing tips, grammar tips, punctuation tips, and vocab quizzes since 1998. The tips featured here cover everything like when to use “Who” and “whom” or how to use apostrophes or hyphens, among others. Also, you can find ideas on how to improve your writing skills, whether you are writing for profit or pleasure. All the content of this website is entirely free and it also features a free email newsletter. On their archives you can find tons of related content. In fact, here is posted all past editions of their newsletter called “The Write Way”; there are more than 500 past issues. Finally, you can buy online a software with interactive tutorials to help you improve your writing.

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More – Resources for Writers

  • May 2, 2008 is a website that provides easy access to resources about writing and editing.

On this website visitors will find many links to sites that may be of use to those with an interest in writing, proofing, grammar, and all other matters related to these topics. The site is divided into seven categories: books, writing, proofing, writing festivals, typefaces, grammar checks, and spell check. By clicking on each of the categories featured, visitors will be provided with a list of links to websites that contain material on that particular subject. Links featured include online book stores, sites containing information on typography, rabbit proofing, online communities for writers, and more. The site aims to provide relevant online resources to people with an interest in this particular field so they don’t have to spend hours looking through the internet in order to find quality sites that are applicable to their writing needs.

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More – All About Metaphors

  • April 29, 2008

Knowgramming.comThis website is entirely devoted to the language, and more specifically to the metaphor. So, either if you are a metaphor lover, or if you want to know more about this rhetorical trope, this site is just what you are looking for.

Here you will definitions, all the different kinds of metaphors and explanations of each one of them. There are essays and studies about metaphors, and of course thousands of metaphors examples. The list of metaphors available includes family metaphors, cooking metaphors, war metaphors, weather metaphors, among many others. To see the best metaphors you can get the metaphors ranking for each year. According to the creator, the purpose of this website is to demonstrate that “the metaphorical relationships drawn between any two disciplines are universal”. Finally, for all the word lovers there are word games and fun stuff such as crosswords, jokes, puzzles and a collection with the best quotes ever.

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More – English Learners Site

  • March 16, 2008

English-zone.comWould you like to study English online? The services provided by give you the chance to learn English online. This site features many English exercises along with accurate information about English grammar rules and the English language. is visited by those who are looking for smart ideas when it comes to improving their English skills and that is why you will find English pronunciation tips along with English exercises. Additionally, the site features an online bookstore you can visit to buy English pronunciation books and to find English teaching resources as well.

Do you want to study English? On you can find English teaching materials and English pronunciation lessons as well as English tests and English word games. To sum up, if you are looking for resources and information about the English language and you want to improve your English skills, then this site might be worth a try.

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More – Professional Editing Service

  • March 14, 2008

Gramlee.comWhat your writing says is important, but so is what it says about you. Gramlee.

com is a web-based service that offers editing services for almost any type of writing, so you can make sure your writing is accurate and professional. Expert writers and editors working for Gramlee will edit your text for structure, grammar, spelling, brevity and overall readability. The site promises a maximum turnover time of 24 hours during the business week; however, turnover is usually within a few hours. To submit your text, you simply compose it in Outlook, MS Word, or any other text editor, paste the text into Gramlee, provide your email address, and submit. The process is quick and intuitive, and your edited writing is returned to you via email. The first 100 words you submit are free, so you can try out the service without spending any money. After that, you must “buy words” to pay for editing. A package of 150 words cost 95 cents, and the more words you buy at once, the cheaper the cost-per-word. For projects over 10,000 words, Gramlee will provide a special project quote.

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More – Editor Warehouse

  • February 16, 2008 is a resource center for editors and proofreaders of written material, comprising links to grammar, typography, proofreading and spellchecking articles in the web.

The site seems to be only in the early stages of development, so the link directories are quite meager for the time being, however the selection is concise and to-the-point, so when searching for a very specific issue, comes in very handy. Given that the links to which this site points to are very self-explanatory, it will be probably self-published authors using Lulu’s self editing services, and even bloggers who’ll build up to be its frequent users. To the right of the screen you can see links to’s international highlights section, which makes one think that the site might develop to cater not only for writers of original fiction and poetry, but to journalists as well.

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More – Writing & Editing Resources

  • December 4, 2007 is a website that provides a platform for finding resources about writing and editing.

It was created to provide you with easy access to the best information and links for writing and editing. The site offers useful links in seven different topics, including: books, writing, proofing, writing festivals, typefaces, grammar checks, and spell checks. All you have to do is to click one of these topics and then you will be shown several links to other web sites that are related to that topic. Click on the link you want and you will get the information you are looking for.

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