Tips for English Language Learners
Welcome to the iFixit Technical Writing Project!
If you are new to the English language—or just new to technical writing and electronics repair—then this page is for you! Here is a collection of resources to help you to learn some of the technical terms and pop culture references used on this website.
Identifying Major Electronic Components—This guide shows and names the parts and pieces in common electronics.
Tools and Materials—This guide identifies common tools for electronics repair and shows how to use them.
Choosing the Right Screwdriver Bit—This guide shows how to name the screws in your device and the screwdrivers needed to remove them.
Bonus: Learn how to use your screwdrivers with our Screwdriver Best Practices guide.
Recognizing and Disconnecting Cable Connectors—This guide shows and names different wires and cables in common electronics.
Tech Writing Handbook—This short textbook explains the basics of technical writing.
Paraphrasing Vs. Plagiarism—This page explains the difference between plagiarizing (stealing someone else’s work) and paraphrasing (summarizing someone else’s work in your own words).
Camera Operating Instructions—This page explains how to use the settings on a camera.
iFixit is available in 12 languages (including English). It might be helpful to look at guides in your native language as examples. To change the language presented on iFixit, go to iFixit.com, and click on the flag icon on the top right of the page, next to your name.
It is important to note that not all of our guides have been translated into all of the languages available on the iFixit website. If you’d like to help translate guides, visit our translations page for more details.
Closed captioning for Videos
We provide closed captions on all of the videos on our education website (edu.ifixit.com). To enable the captions (written in English), click on the “CC” icon in between the volume and settings icons.
We also have a Glossary of Terms that defines technical words and phrases used in the project. It also contains explanations of pop culture references found throughout the education website.
We’re here to help! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at techwriting[at]ifixit[dot]com. If you have ideas, feedback, or resources to add for this page, we’d love to hear from you.