寫作自己來

現階段,也許英文寫作對你沒有任何意義,但如果你是學生,問自己 :想到外商實習嗎?畢業後,想進外商公司嗎?或上班族朋友,你需要和國外聯繫,或打算年後換跑道,到跨國企業上班嗎?如果是的話,英文寫作的確有它的必要性和實用性。

許多方法可以幫你提升寫作能力,但除非你需要更多句型、語法知識,我不特別推薦補習。一般(非商務)寫作課,內容幾乎是一面倒偏向學術寫法,非常要求用字遣詞、句型變化、內容組織。要同時兼顧這三者,難度高不高? 讓我示範一段學術寫法:

When a company is recruiting talents, picking the right candidate is hardly a matter of the draw. Hiring decisions, as objective as they may seem, are made by people, and they can and will be subjective when evaluating qualification. Therefore, to land the ideal job you will need to impress recruiters with the idea that you are the best they can have during the interview. Your solid work experience and skills make up a big part of the impression aside from your attire.

容易嗎?你若沒把握在八週24小時內學會,更好,至少省下四千塊錢補習費。說實話,也沒必要去補,因為需要這樣寫的行業不多。

還是,你喜歡下面的寫法:

Companies hire people through interviews, but interviewers may not always be objective. They often make subjective decisions just like you and me. So, if you get an interview for a job you like, dress well and talk about your work skills and experience during the meeting. That will make a good impression on your future employer.

和前段比起來,類似的內容,用字、句型更簡單,是不是更容易閱讀、更清楚、也更容易上手?

離開學校,能這樣寫就足以應付英文求職信自傳商務電郵,但我很懷疑有哪家補教業者會教你這種簡易寫法,因為大家都採用”標準』的寫作教材,就像第一種寫法。也許,靠自己學還來的有效。

About the Author

游志林 -- 英文智庫主編、工研院產經中心英文編修師、東吳大學推廣英語講師、北一區教育資源中心英文作文批改師。