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Jan 18, 2010, 10:04AM

Writing English as a second language

Lessons from William Zinsser.

Five years ago one of your deans at the journalism school, Elizabeth Fishman, asked me if I would be interested in tutoring international students who might need some extra help with their writing. She knew I had done a lot of traveling in Asia and Africa and other parts of the world where many of you come from.

  • It's strange that a guy who emphasizes clear and rational thought on the level of the sentence would describe the Spanish language as a "national treasure." What nation exactly?

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