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Can a foreigner ever master English to a point where he/she is on par with native writers?

2016-07-18 23:10:10 in Writing Controversies / Debates by Hunor Barabas

It bothers me so much that I can only fully express myself in Hungarian, which is my mother tongue. I love to play with words. They are my best friends. They are the source of my humor. Without them, I would lose all of my charisma.

In Hungarian, I have a distinct writing style. More often than not I was criticised for it, but it is mine. When I switch to English however, it disappears. I enter the world of mediocrity, full of clichés and fear. Fear of making mistakes. Will I ever be able to overcome it?


M. Ashraful Tanvir

M. Ashraful Tanvir 2016-07-20T15:53:21+0000

Practice makes a man perfect. I believe you can overcome it. Now you need to believe in yourself.

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Moderator

Moderator 2016-07-20T23:22:30+0000

True story.

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Moderator

Moderator 2016-07-19T05:38:18+0000

How long have you known how to speak English? Do you have any short stories to share that I can critique? Also: what's wrong with making mistakes?

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Hunor Barabas

Hunor Barabas 2016-07-19T07:22:54+0000

Well I've been learning it in school since I was 10, so you could say 10 years, but I would not count the first 6-7 years, as I have only used the language in class at that time. Unfortunately I don't have short stories in English, only articles, because, like I said, I just don't know the language at a level that would let me write creative stories freely. About mistakes, well, there is nothing wrong with them and I know that, but my subconscious tends to forget that and stops me from picking up the pen.

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Hunor Barabas

Hunor Barabas 2016-07-21T09:45:51+0000

Now I have a short story ( the one about Pokémon GO). Could you please critique it? I tried my best question

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