If you can’t write or speak English, you probably won’t be able to build a profitable and wildly successful website.
But that doesn’t mean that your English has to be perfect.
If you’re reading this right now, and understanding what I’m saying, you will probably do just fine.
You see, this isn’t about crafting perfect sentences or amazing people with clever wordplay.
Building websites is about delivering helpful content to people who want it.
I wasn’t born fluent in English. I had to learn the language, and I had to spend hours upon hours immersing myself in it.
When Is Your English Good Enough?
Obviously, the fewer mistakes you make, the better, but if you’re reading this, you probably do make more mistakes than you think you should, which is normal.
I’ve seen big websites that get thousands of visitors a day written by someone who obviously is not a native English speaker.
They make mistakes. Sometimes they make a lot of mistakes.
But you know what?
People still read what they have to say, and they love their website, because they teach, entertain, or both.
I’ve received several emails from people asking me about their English and almost all of them write above average.
Don’t use your level of English, whatever it may be, as an excuse. If it is not good enough, then get better at it, but don’t think it’s a problem, because it isn’t.
How I Learned English Watching Cartoons
When I was around seven years old, I used to come home from school on those chilling winter evenings, and I would sit my little self on the couch to watch cartoons.
This was almost two decades ago, so the cartoons were in English without subtitles.
I loved to watch cartoons, so I sat there for up to 4 hours per day, almost every day, and that is how my love affair with English began.
I later started reading in English.
I watched movies in English, again without subtitles.
When I got a decent internet connection, I started playing a text-based multi-user game all in English.
You learn English by immersing yourself in the language, so if you want to get better: start reading, watching, listening to English as much as possible.
What About Writing in a Non-English Language?
Yes, it is possible to create a profitable website in languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, or even German.
I personally do not have experience in doing this, but I know several people who are doing very well.
The larger your language, the better your chances are, obviously.
For example, Spanish and Portuguese are big up and comers online, and the competition is still very weak.
The problem arises if you’re going to do affiliate marketing and most of the products are English. If your audience doesn’t speak or read English, you lose.
There are ways around this. There always are.
5 Ways to Improve Your English, Fast
And just to sum it up, I’ll leave you with five incredibly simple ways to improve your English.
They may seem overly simplistic, and that’s because they are, but the more you do them, the better you get.
That’s the truth.
1. Listen. Listen to interviews, podcasts, and music. Create a double-whammy effect where you learn the language, and you learn how to build a website by seeking out interviews about the topic. Listen to the same interview several times.
2. Read. It has been said many times before: if you want to become a good writer, read a lot. Read what you’re interested in, and do it every day. Avoid reading in your native language if possible. More English!
3. Watch. If you’re a beginner and not entirely confident with your English, this is where I would start. I would begin by watching TV-series and movies without subtitles. You will learn without subtitles, trust me on this. If you decide to use subtitles anyway, don’t blame me for your lack of progress
4. Write. Begin writing as much as you can, and don’t worry about if you think your grammar or structure sucks, because you’ll think that anyway, even if your English is fine. Muster up some courage and start a website, or write privately on your computer, but make sure you write!
5. Speak. This step is optional. If you’re not interested in doing audio interviews or video on your website, then you don’t have to focus on the speaking part. If you want to be a writer, then focus on the writing.
There are no obstacles and there are no excuses (okay there are, but maybe just 8).
That may be easy for me to say, but I face my own problems day in and day out. If I were to stop at the first sign of trouble, where would I end up?
Are you going to let this determine what you want to do, or are you going to take a different path this time?
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