After over seven years of serving people from all over the world, and having reached a rather high coverage of Fiverr’s world domination map, I can safely say that I’ve seen more than I bargained for in regards to the use of English language and the way some are butchering it.
I won’t claim that my English is flawless - that’s simply impossible, and definitely not something I aim for. Although you should be aware that many native speakers will get annoyed when you excuse your English by saying things like “… and sorry for my English” or “sorry for my bad English” - I get it, for some it’s a way of appearing humble and kind, but if you want to show that then at least be that way until the end and don’t get all feisty midway
Now, I’ve worked with native English clients that made it a challenge for me to understand them. I’ve also worked with clients who were using Google Translate, which led to further confusion and conflicts at times.
But do you know what pleases me most? Seeing people improve each day. I had a regular client with some really bad English skills, but every time I got a new order from him I could clearly see his progress, having reached to a point where it felt like talking to a native speaker. That was truly amazing to witness!!
You claim to be that perfect writer with perfect English skills and then complain you don’t get any sales, then suddenly everyone here jumps on your back saying that your gig/profile has several English spelling & grammar errors. It’s because you’re relying on free tools to do your work, and people can easily spot these. Trust me, it’s easy to distinguish a native speaker from a non-native one who relies on such tools
I dig confidence, I really do, but abusing it isn’t the way to go. Not only does it scare away your potential buyers, but it makes you look bad, and overconfidence isn’t something I’d want to live with if I were you
Also, I just had to mention these for the sake of trying to make a difference:
You salute your buyer/seller with “Dear”, “Ma’am”, “Sir”, “Bro”, “Brother” and then you wonder why they appear evasive and not that friendly? It’s because we’re on a professional platform and we’re definitely not family nor related, and only our grandparents call us “dear” So I’m kindly asking you to stop treating people like they are your family - they’re not, we’re not;
Why are you purposely murdering words? Your Browser shows a red squiggly underline on misspelled words, you can’t tell me you don’t notice it. Is it really that hard to write “badge”? For I keep seeing “batch” like it’s some batch of tasks, or even “budge”;
So you’ve decided to work on Fiverr, but you still can’t pronounce it? I see you use “Fiber”, “Feber” or even “Fever” like it’s some kind of fever; I get that you might have the money fever, but chill down a bit;
Why do you call us “sellars”? It’s sellers with an “E”. We’re not cellars, and we’re not in a cellar;
Why are you using “am” everywhere? It’s not “I am thank you”, it’s simply “I thank you”, why the need to insert unneeded words and increase your typing time? You can’t imagine how much time you save by removing unneeded or unnecessary letters or words!
So my question to you is…
What do YOU do to improve your English?
For it can open so many doors if you get at least good at it. Don’t believe me? Let me just name a few:
- easy & proper communication with potential buyers, which in turn converts them into actual buyers;
- clear communication with your seller, which in turn saves time by avoiding misunderstandings;
- attracting new buyers by having really well written gigs and profile descriptions;
- converting existing buyers into regular buyers;
- turning the power of words to your advantage when dealing with troublesome buyers/sellers;
- great, enlightening debates on the Forum with your Fiverr peers, etc.
When was the last time you’ve opened a book on English grammar, heck, on English as a whole?
And with the excessive popularity of mobile devices, everyone has access to free apps on everything English - be it grammar, spelling, punctuation, verbs, pronunciation, tests, you name it and it’s there in plain sight!
If this all sounds fascinating, then here’s some more food for thought: