English undoubtedly is the lingua franca of the world and we use English all over the internet & social media. Apart from that English is required for education, learning and development. Here are 10 reasons you should consider improving your English language skills:
1. For Higher Education
In most of the top universities, colleges and schools, English is the medium of instruction and examination. Which makes proficiency in English a pre-requisite to do well in studies.
2. For Jobs Abroad
Many of us want to move to the western part of the world for better jobs and higher pay. In order to get a decent job and survive we certainly need English language.
3. To Know the World Better
Many of the world’s top movies, books and music are published and produced in English. Hence by getting better at English you will have access to a great deal of entertainment, knowledge and information and will be able to achieve a greater cultural understanding.
4. To Get Your First Job
If you are a fresh graduate looking for your fist job, Excellent English communication skills is your key to set yorself apart from the crowd. Impressive communication skills can lend you your first job.
5. To Grow in Your Career
If you are a working professional who wants to move to the next level in your career or wants to get a leadership role, your ability to communicate effectively in English is the key determiner in your career growth. Professionals with excellent comunication and interpersonal skills get preference over those with mere technical expertise.
6. To Socialise Confidently
English in today's world has become a social language everywhere. For example when you attend an office party or a family function or a parent-teacher meeting at your child's school, you are required to speak in English. Therefore in order to socialise confidently and with ease one needs to possess decent English speaking skills.
7. To Travel
All of us want to liberate ourselves from our day to day work lives and want to travel abroad. English is the only language which is spoken most widely across all continents. So with decent English language skills you will be able to manage in any part of the world.
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Given the educational, career and social requirements, most of us have tried to improve our English speaking skills at some point in life. Whereas everyone wants to speak English fluently and confidently, not many are able to achieve that.
Today we would like to list 5 reasons that stop us from improving our English speaking skills and later discuss how we can overcome:
1. Lack of Burning Desire
All of us realise that it's important to improve our English speaking skills and we NEED to improve however, not many of us actually WANT to improve. Due to this lack of desire from within many of us never make any real progress.
2. Focus Only on Grammar
A lot of us Indians have grown up feeling that the day we know all the grammar, we will be able to speak English fluently. Truly speaking that's what always stops us from using the language and since we don't use English to communicate, we never actually improve in it.
3. Fear of Humiliation
In India we are taught English as compulsory subject in Private as well as Government schools, hence we have already built the base in terms of vocabulary and grammar by the time we graduate from school, however, many of us feel that if we try to speak in English, people will laugh at our mistakes so we never even try.
4. Perceiving English as Something Evil
I come across many people who know that they need to improve their skills to grow in their careers but still connect it with Colonial Period and British Rule. They also believe that having to learn English makes them feel like we are still ruled by British. So their internal friction keeps them from improving.
5. Ignorance About How to Actually Improve
Many of us don't really know how to get better with our English. We download some apps, watch some videos on YouTube, watch a Hollywood movie once in a while but don't end up making any significant progress as we never set any measurable goals and timelines.
Now I would like to talk about HOW we can make some real progress in our English Speaking Skills.
1. To develop interest in a language start exploring literature in the language. i. e. read a book on subject of your interest, watch a movie of the genre you like, read stories, read comic books, watch comedy, listen to music. Learning a language makes you familiar with a different way of living.
2. Grammar is Important! However, the best approach to learn a language is to use it. Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing are the four language skills. We need to practice all four everyday in order to get better in English. There are countless ways in which you can practice these skills. And as you continue doing that you will naturally learn grammar patterns and structures.
3. Don't be afraid of humiliation. In fact if someone criticises you for a mistake or shares feedback with you, it will help you get better. So, use criticism constructively!
4. Understand that like any other language of the world English is a language. The only difference is that today it is spoken in a large part of the world and anywhere in the world you go you can find someone who speaks English so English opens your doors to the world. Embrace it!
5. As mentioned above you need to start using a language so as to improve your skills in it. Using refers to listening, speaking, reading and writing. If you can't figure out how to do that or don't know how to set English learning goals for yourself, you can take professional help. There are several institutes including English Caffe which can help you in that.
Wish you all the best!
5 words along with their meanings and use, from today's newspaper headlines:
1. behead- cut off the head of (someone)
Example- Indo-Pak tensions escalated as terrorists beheaded a soldier in Machil.
2. mutilate- to damage something severely, especially by violently removing a part
Example- The body of 25-year-old Rifleman Prabhu Singh from Rajasthan was found mutilated in Machil.
3. retribution- deserved and severe punishment
Example- “Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act of mutilating a soldier's body“, said the Army.
4. ambush- to suddenly attack someone after hiding and waiting for them
Example- On Tuesday, three soldiers were ambushed by terrorists in Machhil.
5. retaliate- to hurt someone or do something harmful to someone because they have done or said something harmful to you
Example- In retaliation, Indian Army carried out surgical attacks on terrorist launch pads located inside PoK.
Most of us have learned English as a second or third language and never really paid attention to basic sounds. As young learners we mainly learned English for writing our exams and never really used English as a language for communication. But it's high time we do that in order to neutralise our pronunciation.
Learn Basic English Sounds- English has 48 key sounds including 44 phonemes and 4 blends. You can watch this simple video here on YouTube for all 48 sounds.
Listen to Native/Neutral Speakers- Listening to native or neutral speakers will help you improve pronunciation of words you already know but pronounce incorrect. You will also learn correct pronunciation of new words.
Tongue Twisters- Tongue twisters are funny sequence of words or sounds, that are typically difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly. For example, Upper roller lower roller. Practising tongue twisters is particularly helpful when you have a mother tongue influence (MTI) in your English. Practice speaking a sound and follow it up with a tongue twister.
Listen for Pronunciation- Whenever you listen, pay special attention to the pronunciation of words.
Listen & Repeat- Listen to speeches by native or neutral speakers and repeat with them (not after it). You can pause and repeat until you re confident. Use YouTube to find speeches of your interest, download and keep repeating with the speaker until you are confident. Download another video and do the same.
If possible, Learn Phonetic Symbols- English is a phonetic language, which means that it is written differently and spoken differently. English has 26 letters whereas 48 sounds, so the 48 sounds are denoted through 48 symbols which are called Phonetic Symbols. If possible, learn phonetic symbols, because when you look for a word in a dictionary, it shows its phonetics next to the word. If you know them its easier for you to learn exact pronunciation.
Check Pronunciation Before You Start Using a New Word- Whenever you come across a new word, along with its meaning; check out its correct pronunciation, before you starting using it.
If you follow above mentioned tips regularly, over a period of time you will see significant improvement in your pronunciation ad in long run you will end up neutralising your pronunciation and accent. Happy Learning!
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Have you ever thought how we learnt to speak our mother tongue? No? Were we taught grammar and sentence structures before we started speaking? I'm sure the answer is: No. Still many of us think that to speak English correctly and fluently we first need to learn grammar. It's true that we need grammar to deepen our understanding of a language, whereas to begin speaking, the first thing we need is: Practice. That means we need to listen, speak, read and write the language more and more. In this article I would like to share 7 Tips on how we can learn English naturally. Here they are:
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