I'm a native born English speaker, but extremely dyslexic. It's very difficult for me to write without an electronic aid. The problem is, most spell checking programs don't understand what I am trying to write. They look at my writing and decide that since I am not writing in English, they can shut down and go on holiday for the rest of the week.
It's frustrating that I love writing but cannot express myself in a way that is easy for others to understand.
Then I discovered Grammarly. I love it! I used the free version for about a year, then signed up for their yearly subscription. Doing so has changed my life. It's improved my spelling - and my ability to spell. I'm very pleased with it and am in my second year of paid subscription. I've used their help desk once and they had a quick resolution to my issue that was very satisfactory.
I also like the plagiarism checker which I use to see if I'm saying something too cliche.
I've tried Hemmingway but can't get the hang of it. I didn't understand why they were suggesting things and how to change them. There were too many suggestions which caused me to panic a little bit.
I've decided to buy Grammarly for its easy to use features and plug-ins. The only thing I don't like is the subscription scheme but there is no other option. Pretty much all the other providers are also selling their products with a subscription.
Does Grammarly give you the options of different dialects? Australian English is probably pretty similar to British, likely closer than Canadian English as you don't have a large neighbour that influences the language, so if it doesn't give you that option, it may create errors.
edit: Thanks to the Almost-a-Post feature. Sorry if the original wording was offensive; it wasn't meant to be at all.
Timothy Markus wrote:Does Grammarly give you the options of different dialects?
Yes, Grammarly has some adjustment for different dialects. I think this was available in the free version as well. In the paid version, I can adjust for different context - business, technical, persuasive, informative, high emotion, low emotion, and a whole bunch of other options. I think that's where they excel - contextual grammar and spelling. It also likes consistency in spelling - so for example, if we use a spelling like 'neighbour' then it suggests that any words ending in -ize are changed to -ise.
I have my Grammarly set to British English because I want to use a spelling that is easily understood internationally. Canadian spelling is too fluid for me right now. A lot of government and even schools are now using a variation of American Spelling in their official documents. So it's a bit difficult to use Canadian spelling these days because Canada isn't certain what that is anymore.
However, internationally, I noticed there's a preference for British Spelling.
Thanks for the info, Raven. I didn't realise that the spelling was in flux. I was a bit surprised I didn't notice it, then I remembered that I sent my daughter to a French school, so aging's great.
I've always quickly dismissed Grammarly ads as I'm not changing my ways much at this point, but I hadn't though of it as an aide for ESL. I think that it would be great for that. I think I would have learned to conjugate much better with software like this.
I taught English in Germany and British spelling was all they wanted to learn, though I did teach Americanisms to them as most business dealings were with the US.
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