I’m both a seller and a buyer here on Fiverr. As amazing as this platform may be, one thing has been bothering me, especially when it comes to buying services on Fiverr: poor grammar.
I realize that many sellers don’t speak English as their first language. I, myself, am Norwegian. This means that English isn’t my first language, and even though I try hard, sometimes my English skills will fail me. But I am trying!
And this brings me to the real problem; when I contact a seller who claims to be fluent in English, who want to sell me proofreading services, but can barely understand my basic request, much less provide me with a proper answer.
It goes something like this:
HI there. I need someone to proofread my document. It’s a little bit technical, so I need to know that you have some basic understanding of X before I order.
hi how r u thx for kontakting mee abaut dis. i havve redd ur instruktions and chure i will read it
Ok… It’s not always that bad. But often it is.
This might be even more important when you’re trying to sell writing, translation or proofreading gigs (you should never offer to sell this type of service for a second language unless you’re fluent anyway), but it applies just as much to anyone trying to sell on Fiverr.
With just a little bit of effort and a simple tool like Grammarly, anyone with some basic English skills can come across as more professional.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, but at least give it a try. Use Grammarly. Work on your English. Learn some basic rules of the language.
And if you fail here and there, it’s no big deal. As a non-native speaker of English myself, I don’t expect anyone to be fluent.