Sound like an American

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I am an Asian, selling ClickBank infoproducts to the U.S. market.

I would like to sound like an American when writing my emails to the U.S. market.

Any suggestions on what I can do? Perhaps is there some sort of websites or articles that I can read or learn from?

Please feel free to share your view.
#american #sound
  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
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    You seem fine here - you could have told me you were from NYC and i'd believe it
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  • Profile picture of the author mjcole76
    lol If you posted this yourself then you will be just fine, sounds american to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by info126 View Post

      I am an Asian, selling ClickBank infoproducts to the U.S. market.

      I would like to sound like an American when writing my emails to the U.S. market.

      Any suggestions on what I can do? Perhaps is there some sort of websites or articles that I can read or learn from?

      Please feel free to share your view.
      From what I've been reading lately, you write too clear and concise to be a "young American" if that is what you are going for.

      Otherwise, you seem to have this forum post down.
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  • Profile picture of the author stackman
    You sound fine to me but if you are concerned, you won't be able "sound American" by learning from articles or websites. You'll need to find a real American near you, or online, who can proofread and correct your writings.
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  • Profile picture of the author art72
    Originally Posted by info126 View Post

    I am an Asian, selling ClickBank infoproducts to the U.S. market.

    I would like to sound like an American when writing my emails to the U.S. market.

    Any suggestions on what I can do? Perhaps is there some sort of websites or articles that I can read or learn from?

    Please feel free to share your view.
    I'll say one thing; Ewen Chia... I can barely understang him, but he's entertaining and makes a lot of money... selling to Americans.

    You definitely had me fooled, you write very good English!
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  • Profile picture of the author rumifdx
    Originally Posted by info126 View Post

    I am an Asian, selling ClickBank infoproducts to the U.S. market.

    I would like to sound like an American when writing my emails to the U.S. market.

    Any suggestions on what I can do? Perhaps is there some sort of websites or articles that I can read or learn from?

    Please feel free to share your view.
    Don't use "Dear Sir" or "Dear whatever" in the headlines, that sound asian-style.

    Don't be extremely polite as to say "I hope this mail finds you well" or similar stuff: too asian to be true.

    Use more "Yeah!" and "Awesome!" and you'll be fine.

    P.S: this post is NOT intended to be serious
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  • Profile picture of the author Path Theory
    Couple things that jump out at me, your lack of contractions, and your "Overwritten" sentences. I'll give you an example using your own words -

    "I am an Asian"
    I'm Asian

    "I would like to sound like an American"
    I'd like to sound American

    It's the small things that give it away. Make sure to use some contractions, and after you've written your copy, read back over it an see if there are words that do not need to be there.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      You sound just find. The contractions thing the Warrior above pointed out is true.

      Work on that some and you should be good to go



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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Rodill
    You're fine. No two people write the same. Hell - no one in this country talks the same even in the same county. Especially in Florida. It's a melting pot. North, South, West, East. It's all different.

    I think you did a fine job. If you want a tip, run all your content thru the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease readability test. There's one at readability-score.com. Keep your stuff around a 5th grade reading level.
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    • Profile picture of the author nzchick
      I have always been taught to 'dumb' it down meaning to be less formal which seems to be the way our language is heading these days. Watch some american movies or better yet write out sales copy you know is written by american marketers that way you will learn to rite like one and good luck with your ventures and I too like everyone else on this thread thought you were american!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      You can always outsource to an American copywriter (or even a proofreader) if you're not convinced that you can do the job. But as others have said, you may not need to.

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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    In terms of grammar and sentence construction, you're fine.

    According to some marketing studies, writing at a level that goes beyond 8th grade reading and comprehension leads to market loss for most contextual niches.

    If I were you, I'd focus more on TELLING A STORY with your sales pitches or ANY piece of web content for that matter. For example, I increased the conversion rate of reviews I write when I told mini-stories that conveyed the main emotional trigger behind the product (fear / pride / greed / etc).

    Anyone can rattle of benefits and features... Few can tell a story that connect with target audience members.

    There are free storytelling resources available online if you search for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I don't think you'll have a problem with your content sounding American. If it bothers you alot, just contemplate a quick lesson in proper English grammar.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsilvestre
    Originally Posted by info126 View Post

    I would like to sound like an American when writing my emails to the U.S. market.
    Write all the emails and then hire an American editor/proofreader to revise them for you.

    Cheers
    Dan
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