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Does Grammarly Work Magic for Fastpaced Homeschool Bloggers?

Does Grammarly Really Work?

 

Write in a conversational tone. Write like you talk.

That’s the advice given to bloggers.

Yes. I am a blogger.

And, I’m also a real grammarian. It usually irks me to see or hear poor grammar.

In fact, the only place I will tolerate lousy grammar is in a conversational blog.

But, I’m also a homeschool mother of two (mostly English speaking) girls and tutor to two (mostly Spanish speaking) girls.

Four. Little. Girls.

That just reminded me of a positive play about self-image and a grisly tune from “Annie.”

Some days, interacting with those four beautiful little girls could go either way – positively or grisly.

The point is…

…. the way I talk can be a bit…

…funky.

There are times when my conversational English is not smarter than a fifth grader.

And times when my conversational English is “not bed-y good looking.”

Oh, and, because I am a solopreneur, there are times when my English is not very conversational.

Or eloquent.

Or even tolerant.

Don’t get me started on how I begin talking after watching a Barbie, Life in the Dreamhouse marathon with the girls. Every word is chopped.

“Adorbs.”

“Gorge.”

“Amaze.” (Wait. That’s a word. But, it means something else on the show.)

Ugh.

I’m not sure how many people would want to read that kind of…

…stuff.

(Well, maybe a cranky, bilingual 6-year old couch potato.)

So, when it’s time for me to sit down and write – or transfer what I’ve written to WordPress or email – I need help.

That is if I want to be understood by my target audience.

That’s where Grammarly comes in.

What it does

Grammarly professes that its products ‘help people communicate more effectively’.

If by more effectively, they mean I don’t appear to be butt or drunk messaging people – then I include myself in that description.

Grammarly also helps this grammarian with her grammatical flubs.

(You know, the times I just know I’m correct when I ain’t.)

Yes, you get those while working on a Word document. Hey, I’m drafting this post in a Word document.

But, what happens if you’re sending out a broadcast email? Draft it in Word and then copy and paste? I suppose that could work.

What about a social media campaign? Does Twitter’s (now) 280 characters call for a Word doc draft? Facebook?

Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

That’s when I especially love the grammar and spelling checks. And that’s a feature you will find in the Free account.

An upgrade to premium, which I just recently did, brings even more bells and whistles.

What it has

Here’s the list of Premium features:

  • Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure
  • Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
  • Genre-specific writing style checks
  • Plagiarism detector that checks more than 8 billion web pages

Other features that come with your Grammarly account:

  • Check your writing across the web (I’ve found that this feature does not work in every editor, but so far, there have been few)
  • Access your personal editor via Grammarly.com
  • Access your documents on multiple devices
  • Integrate with Microsoft® Office (Windows Only)
  • Use native desktop apps (Windows and macOS)
  • See definitions and synonyms via double licks
  • Catch contextual spelling and grammar mistakes
  • Add words to your personal dictionary
  • See explanations of grammar rules
  • Get performance stats via email (for those who want to know how they are doing compared to other Grammarly users)

If you’re going to geek out on how Grammarly works, go to their FAQ page.

After reading this post, you may be wondering why I used so many idioms, slang terms and left blatant errors in the text.

Simple.

I did it on purpose. 😛

Grammarly helped me fix the rest of it.

So go ahead. Write like you talk. For everything else, make sure you sign up for your free Grammarly account here.

This post was proofread by Grammarly

 

 

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