When asking for information from a member of the public, do you ask for their 'particulars'? Do you ask if they are 'resident' in Ireland or say that you are writing to them 'with regard to' something? For that matter, do you refer to the public as service users, clients or customers? If this raises a wry smile, you might recognise how bureaucratic language and corporate jargon have come to infiltrate many types of communication. But how can you help people understand and access the services you provide?
Simply put is a website to help you to communicate in plain English. It contains lots of easy writing and design tips that you can use to make your information easier to understand. We also offer editing support, training and a Plain English Mark for documents that meet international standards. Simply put was developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). NALA is a charity committed to making sure people with literacy difficulties can fully take part in society.
According to the last international survey, one in four Irish adults has difficulties reading and writing. For example, they may not be able to understand public information notices, contracts or fill out a form.
Simply put brings together in one online location all of NALA's expertise in writing in plain English for you to use.
We hope you find it useful.National Adult Literacy Agency