CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR - is an analysis of language skills. Find out how it is calculated and how you can use it to reach a wider audience.

19 January 2018 by Laura Kelly

Joining the readability movement

January, the start of a new year and the start of a new adventure for me as Chief Marketing Officer for readable.io.

4 January 2018 by Steve Linney

A murder of crows and other odd collective nouns

You’ve heard of a class of students, a pack of dogs, a herd of cows, and probably a school of fish. These are collective nouns — a group of people, animals or things. The English language can get humorous at times, even a bit crazy, with its 900 collective nouns. Most were coined in the […]

24 December 2017 by Dave Child

Creating readability formulas for non-English languages: the problem of the syllable

A readability score is a computer-calculated index which can tell you roughly what level of education someone will need to be able to read a piece of text easily.

20 December 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin: the benefits of reading to children

The reading of the bedtime story is a daily ritual in many households and one that can be enjoyed by both parent and child.

16 December 2017 by Ruth Colmer

Four words we lost that English really needs

Words slip in and out of the English language according to the things we use and the way we think. Some words should have remained in our lexicon, but are sadly lost and, apparently, not missed:

2 December 2017 by Dave Child

GDPR: make your privacy notices readable – it’s the law

In the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is about to go into effect. Here's how to make your privacy notices readable.

30 November 2017 by Dave Child

5 English words we should use more often

There are way more words in the English language than one would think, and some great ones don’t get the love they deserve.

17 November 2017 by Dave Child

Have you read the terms and conditions? The readability of insurance policies

How readable are insurance policies? What are the implications of difficult insurance policies? What steps can be taken to improve their readability?

8 November 2017 by Ruth Colmer

ReadableBot: the Readable indexer

Our engine is built to index at a friendly rate. We’d rather score URLs and websites slowly than risk affecting performance for real customers.

4 November 2017 by Dave Child

Proofreading with Readable – 7 strategies to instantly improve readability and write content that converts

You need an action plan for improving your readability. We’ll highlight some steps you can take so you can confidently go forth and clarify your content.

27 September 2017 by Laura Kelly

Insurance companies should provide readable policies

An insurance policy is a legal document. It’s a contract between the buyer and the insurance company. It spells out the terms and conditions of the coverage provided. In a real sense, the contract is what you are buying. However, most legal documents are difficult to read and nearly impossible to understand.

14 September 2017 by Dave Child