One of the first things you realise when you start to learn another language is how much simplicity there is in English. Only one for for "the"? Madness! But we still have our share of complicated rules, and use of personal pronouns tends to trip up even experienced grammarians from time to time.
A huge proportion of English comes from Latin root, and abbreviatons like "i.e.", "e.g." and "etc." are a common source of confusion.
The semicolon is one of the most commonly misunderstood and misused pieces of punctuation in English. Put your confusion to bed with our guide to getting the most out of it.
Continuing our ongoing mission to expand English to include the words and phrases that make other languages so colourful, here are four more words English really needs - this time from Spanish.
English has its roots in many different places - Latin, French and, of course, Ancient Greek.
"Eponyms" - where the name of a particular person or place becomes a common word in a language and the name of an item or object - are more common than you might think. Here are some examples.
Not sure which is the best readability score to use for your content? Read our guide to different use cases for readability scoring to find out which algorithm will suit your needs best.
The English language didn't always have 26 letters. Along the way, we carelessly lost a few of the more interesting ones. Here are our five favourites.
One of the algorithms we use to score your text is the New Dale-Chall Readability Formula, which bases its score on a count of the words that do not appear on its word list. Those it describes as difficult words. By popular request, here is the full list of the 3,000 words the Dale-Chall formula counts as "easy" words.
The Gunning Fog index (1944) is a commonly cited readability scoring formula. But, what do the scores mean? How did the formula come about? And when is the test most useful?
We really, really like the word "kummerspeck", so we decided to take a look at a few more lovely German words that English really needs.
The Spache Readability Formula is intended for use in analysing texts intended for younger students - grade four and below. It uses a list of common words to calculate its readability scores, and here there are for your reference.
We hope you liked our last run-down of a few words that other languages have and that are clearly missing from English. Here are some more!
Passive Voice might be one of the most common grammatical issues highlighted by editors, and there are no shortage of reasons people give for why - it's "boring", "wordy", "vague" and even "confusing". Learn how to spot it so you can keep your use under control!
Readability of health information - medicine labels, advice, instructions, consent forms and more - is incredibly important. Misunderstandings can lead to serious consequences. Find out more about why readability is important in medical text.
The English language can be very strange indeed. In fact, it's so strange that there are many words which have two meanings (at least) and those meanings are the opposite of each other. How's that for confusing?
English is constantly expanding, robbing words from every language it meets. Still, there are some words where no English translation does them justice. Here are a few of our favourites.
Some campaigns just sell themselves, and this is one of those. Reading to kids is one of the greatest pleasures of parenthood and has huge benefits for the children. Find out more about Read Aloud, and join the campaign!
Every writer, however brilliant, will at some point be faced with writer’s block. So, how can you tempt inspiration out of the shadows and words onto the page?
Marketers have become increasingly aware of the importance of readability in getting customers engaged in their products and services. By ensuring text is easily readable, marketers can communicate their messages in a clear and engaging way their customers will respond to.
What are "The Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level" and what do the scores actually mean?
There is growing evidence that the readability of text not only impacts the conversion rate of that text, but that search engines are now taking more notice of readability in their algorithms! If you're a marketer and you didn't know about readability scoring, now is the time to find out more.
It's tough to overstate the importance of communication in research. All too often good work fails to receive the attention it deserves, just because it wasn't presented with the reader in mind. Readability scoring of research before publication gives you a chance to make sure your work is presented in the best possible way.
Readability scoring grew out of the requirements of teachers. How do you decide what materials to show a class? How can you analyse, objectively, a piece of text to tell if it is appropriate to a particular age? Those are the questions readability scoring was created to answer.
Measuring readability is just the first step in improving your content - you have to act on those measurements as well! We've put together a short guide, with examples, to improving copy using Readability-Score.com.
For successful authors, checking for clichés, adverbs and passive voice problems is the job of their editor. For the rest of us, though, editing is a painstaking and laborious process and it's very easy to miss something. Read on to find out how Readable.io can take some of the pain out of spotting and fixing editorial problems.
It's always great to see Readability-Score.com being useful to people, and even more so when it's recommended by its users to others! This great set of 12 tips for improving your blogging features Readability-Score.com in the number 1 spot!
We want Readability-Score.com to be more than just a provider of simple numeric feedback about the quality of your text, and so did many of you. So we improved it!
Wondering what "readability" means and what a "readability score" is useful for? You're looking in the right place! Read on for a potted history of readability, along with a few examples of modern-day usage.
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