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Why English?

Here are some reasons why we must learn the English Language

1. English is one of the most widely spoken languages:

Although it comes second to Mandarin in the total number of speakers, English is the language you’ll be able to use most widely, as it’s spoken in more countries than any other language. That means that English is the language that will give you the best return for your efforts; after all, intellectual challenge aside, there’s little point putting a huge amount of time and effort into learning a language that you’ll hardly ever have the opportunity to use.

As well as the UK, a whopping 60 of the world’s 196 countries have English as their official language:  the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, to name but a few. It’s the language of diplomacy and the official language of the European Union, the United Nations, NATO and the European Free Trade Association, not to mention many Commonwealth countries. What’s more, English is the commonly adopted second language of people in a great many more countries, including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Holland. In total, around 1.5 billion people speak English worldwide – and another billion are in the process of learning it. Will you make this number even bigger by learning it yourself?

2. English will open up more opportunities for you:

Even in countries where English is not an official language, it is often used as a lingua franca. Being able to speak English allows you to communicate effectively in numerous countries, and this opens up lots of possibilities for you in terms of the countries you could choose to seek work in one day – not to mention travel to as a tourist. You won’t have to worry about getting lost when you travel to an English-speaking country, as you’ll easily be able to ask for directions, and taking guided tours, ordering food and chatting to the locals will no longer be a source of stress.

What’s more, careers that involve lots of travel or international exposure, such as the airline, tourism and film industries, use English as their official language, and many employers in these sectors are likely to require evidence of a certain level of proficiency in English before they will consider employing you. This means that if you can speak English, you’ll find that you have a greater number of possible careers to choose from after you finish at university.

3. English will make you more desirable to employers:

Being fluent in a second language clearly demonstrates a powerful brain and reflects someone who has put in the huge amount of time, resources and commitment needed to master another language. But while being bilingual is impressive full stop, no matter what combination of languages you speak, adding English to your CV will be particularly useful. Not only is it an especially complex language to get to grips with, a fact that reflects well on you for having mastered it, but as we’ve seen, it’s also an incredibly useful language to learn because so many countries speak it. You’ll be in a much stronger position to apply for jobs overseas if you’ve reached a good level of fluency in English.

English has been referred to as “the language of business”, and it’s not hard to see why. If you have ambitions to become an international businessperson, it’s essential that you’re able to speak English fluently; business conducted internationally is done in English more often than not. Even if you’re not thinking of living and working abroad, that doesn’t mean you won’t find English a helpful language to put on your CV. There may well be plenty of English-speaking multinational corporations with offices in your home country. What’s more, English skills are just as desirable to employers in your own country and language as they are to employers in English-speaking countries. Here are just three examples to give you an idea of the kind of situations in which English may come in useful in your own country:

Business meetings – being able to speak English puts you in a position to be able to attend or hold international business meetings. Where several languages are represented, the chances are that the meeting will be conducted in English – and if you’re the only one in your team who can speak English, you may find yourself being put forward to attend important meetings, advancing yourself up the career ladder in the process.

Customer service and sales – you’ll be able to help with any English-speaking customers your employer may have – and sell to them. This gives you the chance to build relationships with overseas customers, and the ability to build relationships is an important business skill that puts you at an advantage over non-English speaking fellow employees and makes you more valuable to the company you work for.

Marketing and communications – if the company you end up working for markets its products or services to English-speaking countries, or releases other sorts of communications such as press releases to these countries, your knowledge of English may come in handy for translating marketing materials or communications with customers or sales prospects. The cultural knowledge you’ll acquire through learning English may also come in handy in knowing how to pitch products and ideas to English-speaking nations.

4. English gives you access to some of the world’s best universities:

English is widely regarded as the language of higher education. Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and MIT are just a few of the famous universities that occupy the lofty heights of the top of the world education league tables, and you’ll need to speak English fluently for access to any of these, as they’re all English-speaking. It goes without saying that if you are able to study at one of these institutions, you’ll start your career with an illustrious name on your CV – and the benefits of that speak for themselves. If English isn’t your native language, you’ll need to take an English test during the admissions process to prove that your level of English is up to scratch for the demands of the academic environment. If you have your sights set on a top university, the effort you put into study English as early as possible in your school years will be rewarded when it comes to the choice of universities to which you can apply.

5. English is the language of some of the world’s greatest literature:

If you learn English, you’ll be able to enjoy works by some of the world’s most famous writers, in the language in which they were intended to be read or heard. The works of Shakespeare will take on a new meaning when you’re able to speak English, and you can look forward to enjoying such influential classics as Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and her sister’s Jane Eyre, George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and many, many more. Translation rarely does a writer true justice, so the only way to appreciate a classic literary work properly is to read it in its original language. Even better, through doing so, you’ll deepen your knowledge of English by enriching it with new words and sentence structures.

6. English allows you to get more from popular culture:

The world’s highest-grossing movies are made in Hollywood, and needless to say, they are made in English. How many times have you been to see an American blockbuster and been frustrated by having to keep up with fast-paced subtitles? And how many times have you hummed a favourite pop song, but not been able to sing along because it’s in English and you don’t know the words? There’s a solution… Kiss those annoying cinema subtitles goodbye and get more out of the music you enjoy by learning English.

7. English allows you to attend international conferences and events:

Major sporting events such as the Olympics are held in English, and so are international conferences, so competitors and delegates will need to be able to speak English to be able to get the most out of taking part. You may find yourself needing to attend conferences as part of your chosen career, so learning English now will be of enormous benefit to you in years to come. Not only will you be able to understand the talks, but you’ll get a lot more out of the networking opportunities that come with such events if you can talk effectively in English. You never know – there may be a new employer or client among the crowds of fellow delegates, so make sure you can communicate with them!

8. English has a simple alphabet and everyone’s equal:

The English alphabet is straightforward, making it easier to master than the symbols or pictures that make up some languages. If you’ve struggled to learn more complex alphabets, you may find you make more progress with English, which shares an alphabet with many other languages.

There are no complicated symbols and characters to get to grips with in English, either; even in French, which essentially uses the same alphabet, there are several accents used on certain letters that alter the pronunciation. Not so in English. Furthermore, not matter how important they are, everyone is addressed as “you” – there are no polite and informal variants to agonise over (as there are in French with “tu” and “vous”, for instance), so you won’t need to worry about inadvertently creating social awkwardness by being overly familiar. And unlike many European languages, there are no masculine and feminine words to remember – it’s “a dog”, not “le chien”.

9. English gives you wider access to knowledge:

Did you know that 55% of the world’s webpages are written in English? This absolutely dwarfs that of any other language, with the next most widely used language on the internet being Russian (which constitutes just 6% of pages). Knowledge of English therefore allows you to tap into far more of the world’s intellectual resources.

English is also the language of science. If you learn English, you won’t just have access to a greater proportion of the vast amount of knowledge available on the web; you’ll be able to educate yourself still further by being able to read scientific books and papers. English is, of course, essential if you intend to pursue a scientific career. Within the Science Citation Index, compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information, an estimated 95% of articles are written in English despite only around half being from English-speaking countries. According to the Open University, “At Oxford University two thirds of post-graduate students come from outside the UK. The students in the university’s chemistry research lab admit that working in English is a key attraction.”

10. English is a fantastic intellectual challenge!

English is undoubtedly one of the harder languages to learn. Full of nuances, unexpected pronunciations, odd rules and infuriating exceptions to rules, it takes dedication and perseverance to reach a good level of fluency. If you’re on the lookout for a new challenge, learning English may be just what you’re after. Not only that, but because it’s so widely spoken, it opens you up to a huge number of new cultural experiences, which will help you develop life skills, meet new people and grow your confidence in handling new situations.

( Oxford Royale Academy )


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   LEARNING ENGLISH is the best thing I have ever done in my life. It changed my life by giving me access to the treasure of knowledge and sciences. Now, I can update myself with the latest developments in World Affairs, Sciences, Philosophy, and Technology, etc.. You too can transform your life by learning this world language -ENGLISH.

By Krystian Aparta

They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distil into seven basic principles:

Get real:  Decide on a simple, attainable goal to start with so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. German translator Judith Matz suggests: “Pick up 50 words of a language and start using them on people — and then slowly start picking up grammar.”

Make language-learning a lifestyle change:  Elisabeth Buffard, who in her 27 years of teaching English has always seen consistency as what separates the most successful students from the rest. Find a language habit that you can follow even when you’re tired, sick or madly in love.

Play house with the language:  The more you invite a foreign language into your daily life, the more your brain will consider it something useful and worth caring about. “Use every opportunity to get exposed to the new language,” says Russian translator Olga Dmitrochenkova. Label every object in your house in this language, read kids’ books written in it, watch subtitled TED and TEDx talks, or live-narrate parts of your day to an imaginary foreign friend.

Let technology help you out:  Dmitrochenkova has a great idea: “A funny thing like resetting the language on your phone can help you learn new words right away,” she says. Ditto for changing the language on your browser. Or you can seek out more structured learning opportunities online. Dutch translator Els De Keyser recommendsDuolinguo for its gamified approach to grammar, and Anki for memorizing vocabulary with its “intelligent” flashcards.

Think about language-learning as a gateway to new experiences:  To Spanish translator Sebastián Betti, learning a language has always been about focusing on the experiences that the new language would open up, from “visiting theme parks, attending air shows, enjoying cowboy poetry and folk-rock festivals, to learning about photo-essay techniques.” In other words, he thinks of fun things that he wanted to do anyway, and makes them into a language-learning opportunity. Many of our translators shared this advice. Italian and French translator Anna Minoli learned English by watching undubbed versions of her favorite movies, while Croatian translator Ivan Stamenković suddenly realized he could speak English in fifth grade, after years of watching the Cartoon Network without subtitles. So the next time you need a vegan carrot cake recipe, find one in the language you’re trying to learn.

Make new friends:  Interacting in the new language is key — it will teach you to intuitively express your thoughts, instead of mentally translating each sentence before you say it. Find native speakers near you. Or search for foreign penpals or set up a language tandem online, where two volunteers help one another practice their respective languages.

Do not worry about making mistakes: One of the most common barriers to conversing in a new language is the fear of making mistakes. But native speakers are like doting parents: any attempt from you to communicate in their language is objective proof that you are a gifted genius. They’ll appreciate your effort and even help you. Nervous about holding a conversation with a peer? Try testing your language skills with someone a little younger. “I was stoked when I was chatting with an Italian toddler and realized we had the same level of Italian,” recalls German translator Judith Matz. And be patient. The more you speak, the closer you’ll get to the elusive ideal of “native-like fluency.” And to talking to people your own age.


"ఇంగ్లీషు మాధ్యమ ఉద్యమం" - ప్రొపెసర్ కంచ ఐలయ్య

విశాల భూ భాగాలు ఖాళీగా ఉన్న ఇతర లాటిన్‌ అమెరికా దేశాల్లో కూడా ఇంగ్లీషు భాష మాట్లాడేవారి సంఖ్య పెరుగుతోంది. తెలంగాణ, రాయలసీమ వంటి కరవు ప్రాంతాల్లో జనాభా కూడా చాలా ఉన్నది. ఇక్కడి పల్లీయులు ఇంగ్లీషు నేర్చుకొన ఒకప్పటి యూరోపియన్లలా కొత్త ప్రాంతాలను వెతుక్కుంటూ పోయి వాటిని తమ ప్రాంతాలుగా ఎందుకు మలచుకోకూడదు? ఇప్పుడున్న వనరుల వత్తిడిలో భారత దేశంలోనే ఎక్కువ జనాభా బతుకలేదు. భారతీయులు ప్రపంచంలో ఎక్కడ వనరులుంటే అక్కడికి ఎందుకు పోకూడదు? ప్రపంచ ప్రజలంతా ఒక భాష అర్థం చేసుకోగలిగిన నాడు మానవ ఇబ్బందులు ఎంత తగ్గుతాయి. ఈ మార్పు రాకుండా అడ్డుకుంటున్న శక్తులు భారత దేశంలోని బ్రాహ్మణీయ శక్తులు. ఒకప్పుడు సముద్రం దాటితే పాపమని దరిద్రపు ఆధ్యాత్మిక సిద్ధాంతం చెప్పి ఈ దేశ ప్రజల్ని ప్రపంచ బానిసల్ని చేశారు. ఇదే శక్తులు ప్రైవేటు రంగంలో తమ పిల్లల్ని ఇంగ్లీషులో చదివిస్తూ అమెరికా కెనడా, ఆసే్ట్రలియాల్లో, ఈ దేశ అన్ని రంగాల్లో తిష్టవేసారు. గ్రామీణ కింది కులాలకూ, పట్టణ పేదలకూ ఇంగ్లీషు విద్య రాకుండా అడ్డుకుంటున్నారు. గ్రామీణ ప్రజలు ఎల్‌కేజీ నుంచి 12వ తరగతి వరకు స్కూలు విద్య ప్రభుత్వ రంగంలో ఇంగ్లీషు మీడియంలో ఉండాలని ఉద్యమిస్తే, వీరి ఎత్తుగడలకు ముగుతాడు పడుతుంది. ఈ ఉద్యమం ఊరూరా పాకాల్సి ఉంది. అప్పుడే తల్లిదండ్రులు స్కూలు విద్య మీద ఖర్చు పెట్టి, పిల్లలకు దూరంగా బతుకుతూ, అప్పుల పాలవుతూ కుంగిపోవడం ఆగిపోతుంది. వాళ్ళు బాగుపడడం మొదలవుతుంది.

తెలంగాణ ఉద్యమం లేదా సమైఖ్యాంధ్రా ఉద్యమంలా ఇంగ్లీష్‌ ఉద్యమం రావాలంటే మధ్యతరగతి మేధావి వర్గపు ద్వంద్వ వైఖరిపై బలమైనదాడి జరగాలి. తమ పిల్లల్ని ఇంగ్లీషు మీడియం స్కూళ్లలో చదివిస్తూ ‘దేశ భాషలందు తెలుగు లెస్సా’ అని సొల్లు కథలు చెప్పే మేధావులను ప్రతి సమావేశంలోనూ ఎండగట్టాలి. ఇప్పుడు ‘చెప్పేదొకటి చేసేదొకటి’ దృక్పథంలో బతికేవాళ్ళు ఎక్కువమంది అగ్రకులాల వాళ్ళు. మధ్యతరగతిగా మారిన ఎస్సీ, ఎస్టీ, బీసీలు కూడా ఈ కోవలో లేరా అంటే ఉన్నారు కానీ అది నిర్ణయాత్మక శక్తికాదు. ఎందుకంటే ప్రైవేటు ఇంగ్లీషు విద్యావ్యాపారంలో వీళ్ళు తక్కువ. ద్వంద్వ వైఖరిని ప్రచారం చేసే మీడియా రంగంలో కూడా వీళ్ళు నిర్ణయాత్మక శక్తి కాదు. ముఖ్యంగా బీసీ మధ్యతరగతిలో అగ్రకుల వంత పాటగాళ్ళు చాలా ఎక్కువ. పై కులాల లాగ తాము బతికుతే చాలా అనుకునే వాళ్ళు ఇందులో ఎక్కువ.

ప్రైవేటు ఇంగ్లీషు మీడియం స్కూళ్ళలో చదువుకుని అమెరికా యూరప్‌, ఆసే్ట్రలియా, కెనడాలో ఒక కుటుంబం, ఇండియాలో ఒక కుటుంబం ఉన్నవాళ్ళు బ్రాహ్మణులు, కోమట్లు, కమ్మలు, పటేళ్ళు వంటి కులాల్లో ఎక్కువ. తెలుగు రాషా్ట్రల్లో విదే శాల్లో పిల్లల్ని సెటిల్‌ చేసి ప్రభుత్వ స్కూళ్ళలో తెలుగుండాలి అని చెప్పేవారు కూడా బ్రాహ్మణ, కమ్మ, కాపుల్లో ఎక్కువగా కనిపిస్తారు. వీరి ప్రధాన భయమేమంటే కింది కులాల్లో ఇంగ్లీషు రాగానే బానిస మనస్తత్వం బద్దలైపోతుందికదా! ఇండియాలో ఉండే తమ కంపెనీల్లో చెత్త ఊడ్చే వాళ్ళు లేకుండా పోతే ఆ పని తామే చేసుకోవాలి గదా అనే భయం ఎక్కువ. కానీ అణగారిన కుల వర్గాల నుంచి వచ్చిన మేధావులు అర్థం చేసుకోవలసింది ఏమంటే ఒక్క బ్రిటి్‌షవాళ్ళు ప్రపంచ మైగ్రేషన్‌కి తెగించి ఎంత మార్పు తెచ్చారు? ఇప్పుడున్న అమెరికా, ఆసే్ట్రలియా, కెనడా వారి మైగ్రేషన్‌ వల్ల ఇప్పుడున్న స్థితికొచ్చాయి. ఆనాటి బ్రిటిష్‌ వారిలా మన అచ్చ తెలుగు వీరులు మైగ్రేట్‌ అయి ప్రపంచాన్నే తెలుగు మాట్లాడే విధంగా మార్చగలరా?

మైగ్రెంట్లంతా కంప్యూటర్‌ ఇంజనీర్లుగానే పోవలసిన అవరం లేదు. అక్కడికకి ఇంగ్లీషు వచ్చిన వ్యవసాయదార్లుగా కూడా పోవచ్చు. ఆ భాష ముందు బతుకుతెరువునిస్తుంది. ఏదో ఒక రంగంలో పని ప్రారంభించి ఎవరు ఎక్కడ తేలగలరో ఎట్లా చెప్పగలం? ఇంగ్లీషు రాక ఎంతో కష్టపడి మైగ్రేషన్‌లో మారిన సిక్కులను చూసి మనం ఏం నేర్చుకోవాలి. ప్రపంచంలో ఒక ప్రాంతంలో కరవు వస్తే అక్కడి ప్రజలు మరో దేశం మైగ్రేట్‌ అయి బతికే రోజులు ఎంతో దూరం లేవు. తెలంగాణ రాయలసీమ వంటి ప్రాంతాల ప్రజలు ఐక్యరాజ్య సమితి అండతో మేం ఆసే్ట్రలియా, కెనడాలో సెటిల్‌ అయి అక్కడి భూమినంతా పండిస్తామని అడిగే దశ దూరంలేదు. నిజానికి మేం జాతీయవాదులమే కాదు ప్రపంచవాదులమని చెప్పే కమ్యూనిస్టులు ఇటువంటి ఆలోచనల్ని ప్రజల్లో నాటాలి. కానీ వాళ్ళూ చాలా కాలంగా ‘తిక్కపట్టిన తిక్కన’ భాషోద్యమంలో కొట్టుకుపోయారు. ఇప్పుడైనా అందరూ ఐక్యంగా ఆంగ్లోద్యమం నడపాలి.

నా దృష్టిలో భారత దేశ దళిత బహుజనలకు భాషా సెంటిమెంట్‌ అక్కరలేదు. ప్రపంచంలో ఎక్కడ బతికినా సర్వసమానంగా, గర్వంగా అప్పులు, ఆకలి బాధలు లేని జీవితాన్ని గడపాలి. వాళ్ళ పిల్లలకు వరల్డ్‌క్లాస్‌ ఇంగ్లీష్‌ నేర్పించి ప్రపంచం మీద వదలాలి. అందుకే ఇప్పుడు ఇంగ్లీషు పోరాటం చేయాలి. 

-కంచ ఐలయ్య 
రచయిత, సామాజిక శాస్త్రవేత్త 

Importance of English

   English is the only language, which can safely be called as a global language because it is spread throughout the world and across continents. English is no more a foreign language in India. Indians consider English as their father-tongue. Personally, learning English has helped me to have access to the vast store of knowledge that has hitherto been created.

    English is facilitating both intra-national and international affairs all over the world. It is also the language of science and technology. The Majority of scientific and technical literature is being first created in English only. English is also a medium through which most of the world trade is conducted. All the world affairs will come to a stand still if we remove English from this earth.

   The English Language opens the doors to international understanding, and it has been instrumental in creating a cosmopolitan outlook among the people. The English Language opens the doors to international understanding, and it has been instrumental in creating cosmopolitan outlook among the people. English has opened up job opportunities in many fields and as a consequence one can improve one’s quality of living. English has become as essential as Oxygen to the human body. So, learn English, improve your standard of living, and become a world citizen.

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ఇంగ్లీష్  నేర్చుకోవడం  ఎలా ?

ఇంగ్లీష్  ఎలా  నేర్చుకోవాలి ? ఈ సమస్య  ఈ  రోజుల్లో  చాలా మందికి  ఎదురవుతుంది . ఒక ఇంగ్లీష్ ఉపాధ్యాయుడిగా  నాకు తెలిసిన  కొన్ని  చిట్కాలు  మీ  ముందు  ఉంచుతున్నాను . 

1. ఇంగ్లీష్  భాష  నేర్చుకోవాలంటే  ముందు  ఆ  భాష  మీద  కొద్దిగానైనా  అభిమానం  ఉండాలి . ఆ  భాష  యొక్క  అవసరాన్ని  గుర్తించగలిగైనా  ఉండాలి . 

2. అన్ని  భాషల మాదిరిగానే  ముందు  ఇంగ్లీష్  అక్షరాలు  నేర్చుకొని  ఉండాలి . ఆ  తరువాత  చిన్న  చిన్న  పదాలు  నేర్చుకోవాలి . వాటి  అర్ధాలు  తెలుసుకొని  ఉండాలి .  ఇవి  అన్నీ,  భాష  నేర్చుకోవడానికి  ప్రాధమిక  అవసరాలు . 

3. పైనవి  నేర్చుకున్న  తరువాత  చిన్న  చిన్న  ఇంగ్లీష్  కథల  పుస్తకాలు  చదవడం  ప్రారంభించాలి .  కొన్ని  పదాల  అర్ధాలు  మనకి  తెలియవు . వాటి  అర్ధాలు  ఒక  మంచి  డిక్షనరీ  లో  వెతకండి . అంటే  ఇంగ్లీష్  నేర్చుకునే  ప్రతి  ఒక్కరి  వద్ద  ఒక  మంచి  డిక్షనరీ  ఉండాలన్నమాట.  ఇంగ్లీష్  టూ  ఇంగ్లీష్  డిక్షనరీ  కొనుక్కుంటే  చాలా  మంచిది . 

4. ఇలా  డిక్షనరీ లో  పదాలు  వెతుక్కోవడం మొదట  కష్టంగానే  ఉంటుంది . కానీ  తప్పదు .  నేను  మొట్టమొదటిసారి  ఇంగ్లీష్  న్యూస్  పేపర్  పట్టుకున్నప్పుడు ఒక  పేరాగ్రాఫ్  చదవడానికి  రెండు  గంటలు  పట్టింది . అలా  కొన్ని  రోజులు  అలవాటయిన  తరువాత  చదివి  అర్ధం  చేసుకోవడానికి  చాలా  తక్కువ  సమయం  పడుతుంది .  

5. కొంత  ప్రాధమిక  పరిజ్ఞానం  ఏర్పడిన  తరువాత  ఇంగ్లీష్  వినడం  ప్రారంభించండి . రేడియో  మరియు  టి . వి . లలో  వచ్చే  ఇంగ్లీష్  న్యూస్  వినడం  ప్రారంభించండి . మొదట్లో  ఏమీ  అర్ధం  కాదు . కానీ  నిరుత్సాహపడకండి .  వినగా  వినగా  అవే  అర్ధం  అవుతాయి . ఇటువంటి సమయంలోనే  మనకి  పట్టుదల  ముఖ్యం .  స్టార్  మూవీస్  మరియు  హెచ్.బి.ఓ.  లాంటి  చానెల్స్  లో  సినిమాలు  వచ్చేటప్పుడు స్క్రీన్  క్రింద  వైపు  ఆ  డైలాగులు  అక్షరాల  రూపంలో  పడుతుంటాయి . ఇలా  సినిమా  చూస్తూ  డైలాగులు  వింటూ, చూస్తూ  నేర్చుకుంటే  ఇంగ్లీష్  బాగా  వస్తుంది .  

6. ఇంగ్లీష్  నేర్చుకోవాలనుకునే  వాళ్ళు  తప్పనిసరిగా  ఒక ఇంగ్లీష్ న్యూస్ పేపర్  చదువుతుండాలి . ఇంగ్లీష్  మాగజైన్లు  చదవడం  కూడా  చాలా  మంచిది . 

7. కేవలం  వినడం  చదవడం  మాత్రమే  కాదు, మనం  ఇంగ్లీష్  మాట్లాడడం కూడా నేర్చుకోవాలి .  మనలాగా  ఇంగ్లీష్  నేర్చుకోవాలనే  సంకల్పం  కలిగిన  వ్యక్తులతో గ్రూపుగా   ఏర్పడి ప్రతి  రోజూ  ఇంగ్లీష్  మాట్లాడం  చేయాలి . మొదట్లో  ఇంగ్లీషులో  మాట్లాడడానికి  కొంచెం  సిగ్గుగా, భయంగా  ఉంటుంది . కాని  అటువంటి  వాటికి  తల  వంచకుండా  ప్రయత్నం  చేసి  చూడండి . నెల  రోజుల్లో  మీ  భాషలో  వచ్చిన  మార్పుని చూసి  మీరే  ఆశ్చర్యపోతారు .  ఒక  భాష  మనకి  వచ్చింది  అని  చెబుతున్నామంటే  ముందు  ఆ  భాషలో  మాట్లాడడం  వచ్చి  ఉండాలి .  

8. ఇంగ్లీష్  లో  సంభాషణ  ప్రాక్టీస్  చెయ్యడానికి  మార్కెట్  లో  మంచి  పుస్తకాలు  ఉన్నాయి . ఇంగ్లీషువారు  మరియు  అమెరికా  వారు  వ్రాసిన  పుస్తకాలు  మాత్రమే  కొనడానికి  ప్రయత్నించండి .  ఇంగ్లీష్  గ్రామర్  మరియు  వొకాబులరీ  నేర్చుకోవడానికి  ' కేంబ్రిడ్జ్  యూనివర్సిటీ  ప్రెస్ ' వారి  పుస్తకాలు  మనకి  ఎంతగానో   ఉపయోగపడతాయి . 

9. గ్రామర్  నేర్చుకోవడం , బాగా  వ్రాయగలగడం  అనేవి  ఒక  భాషాభ్యాసం లో  మనం  నేర్చుకోవలసిన  చివరి  అంశాలు . ముందే  వీటి  జోలికి  పోతే ఇంగ్లీష్  నేర్చుకోవడం  ఒక  దుర్లభమైన  ప్రక్రియగా తయారవుతుంది . గ్రామర్  అనేది  మనం  భాషను  దోషాలు  లేకుండా  వాడడానికి  మాత్రమే  ఉపయోగపడుతుంది . అంతేగాని  కేవలం  గ్రామర్  ద్వారా  ఇంగ్లీష్  నేర్చుకోవడం  అసంభవం.  బాగా  వ్రాయగలిగే  నైపుణ్యం  కూడా  అంతే .  మనం  వినడం , మాట్లాడడం , చదవడం  నేర్చుకున్న  తరువాతనే  బాగా  వ్రాయడం  ఎలానో   నేర్చుకోవాలి . గ్రామర్  కూడా అప్పుడే  నేర్చుకోవాలి .    

10. ముందు చిన్న  చిన్న  కథల  పుస్తకాలతోనే  ప్రారంభించాలి .  తరువాత  చిన్నగా  పెద్ద  పుస్తకాల  వైపు  వెళ్ళవచ్చు .  ముందే  కష్టమైన  పుస్తకాలు  పట్టుకుంటే  మీకు  భాష  మీద  మక్కువ  స్థానే  విరక్తి  పుడుతుంది .  

11. సులభమైన  ఇంగ్లీష్  లో  వ్రాసిన  డ్రామాలు కూడా  మీకు  మార్కెట్  లో  దొరుకుతాయి . పదవ తరగతి  లోపు  ఇంగ్లీష్  టెక్స్ట్  బుక్స్  భాషాభ్యసనానికి  బాగా  ఉపయోగపడతాయి . సంభాషణ  నేర్చుకోవడానికి  మంచి  సి.డి .  లు  డి. వి. డి.  లు  మార్కెట్లో చాలానే   ఉన్నాయి.  కేవలం  వినడమే  కాదు  వాటిలో  ఉన్న  విషయాలు  మన  సంభాషణల్లో  వాడగాలగాలి . 

12. ఏ  నైపుణ్యం  నేర్చుకోవాలన్నా  ముందు  అందులోని  సులభమైన  అంశాలతోనే   ప్రారంభించాలి .  తరువాత కష్టమైన  వాటి  జోలికి  పోవాలి .  ఇంగ్లీష్  భాష  నేర్చుకోవడం  కూడా  అంతే . 

                                         *ఆల్  ద  బెస్ట్ ,  హ్యాపీ  లెర్నింగ్ * 

Learn a Foreign Language

    English is no longer considered as a foreign language in India. Indians treat all non-English European languages as foreign languages. They frequently opt for them in their foreign language courses. Moreover, these languages are in huge demand all over the world.

   Knowing only one language is a form of illiteracy. As per the recent researches, polyglots are sharper and healthier than the monolinguals. They perform better, stay young, and lead a healthy life for a long time in their lives. Learning a foreign language has all positive effects on an individual’s personality. Further, it helps us understand culture and civilization of far-off places. They give us a new outlook towards life that has been hitherto unknown to us. So, learn foreign languages and better your life.



by English Tonight

Strong writing skills in English come from practice and determination. No one is born an excellent writer. Learning to be an excellent writer in English takes a lot of time and practice. Anyone can be a good writer if they are determined enough.

Everyone has a
different reason why they need to improve their writing. Maybe you need to improve your writing for work or for your English class at university. Or maybe you want to start a blog about learning English or you need to respond to emails in English for your business.

Below are 8 Tips to Improve Your English Writing Skills:

1. Keep All of your Writing in One Place

Buy a notebook or journal or start an electronic journal. By keeping your writing all in the same place, you will be able to see how much you are improving and keep it organized.

2. Practice Writing in English Daily

The importance of writing daily is that you start to create a new habit. Writing every day in English will soon become natural and something you look forward to. You will not see a significant improvement if you are not dedicated to becoming a better writer in English. You cannot create awesome stories and papers if you never try.

3. Pick a Topic and WRITE!

Don’t get stuck on figuring out what to write about. You can write about anything. You can write about what you do, things you hear or see, news, or make up a story. If you do get stuck, use some of English Tonight’s writing prompts to help you get started.

4. Write More than One Draft

Draft means a preliminary version of a piece of writing. Sometimes, your best writing becomes better after you take a break and work on a second or third draft. When you revise (or rewrite) your work you are often able to get your message across more clearly. You make think of things that you did not think to write in the first draft and you can add it in a later draft.

5. Use Online Resources to Correct your Grammar

Yes, grammar is a pain. You don’t need to know everything about English grammar. Use online resources, such as Grammarly, GrammarCheck or to help you answer a grammar question when it comes up. You could also switch the spell and grammar check on MS Word, your iPad or Google Doc to check your spelling and grammar in English.

6. Think Outside the Box (or Lines)

Don’t write about the same thing every day or you will get bored. Try writing the same story from different perspectives or different tenses. If you are writing a story about a baby that won’t stop crying; first, it could be the mother telling the story; then from the perspective of the baby. Or you could write it in present moment…. ‘My baby hasn’t stopped crying in five days…’ and then write in the perspective of a pregnant woman that is thinking about having a baby that won’t stop crying. Don’t write about topics in an obvious way. Be creative!

7. Have a Friend Edit Your Writing

Have a friend that knows English correct or edit your work. Having another person read your work helps generate more ideas to better your writing. You could have them edit everything or just a part that you are stuck on. Often having another set of eyes look at your writing helps find mistakes that you have overlooked.

8. Find the Best Place for You to Write

You should try writing in different places or at different times of the day. Maybe you have writer’s block at night; try getting up 15 minutes earlier and writing in the morning. Maybe you have trouble writing where there is a lot of noise; try writing in a quiet and comfortable place. Experiment in finding the right (or write?) environment for you to write.

Writing is a process; the more you work on your writing the better it (and you) will get.



by English Tonight

You finally finished your first draft (or rough draft) of writing. Yay! Now it’s time for the revision process to begin. Though revising, editing and proofreading your writing can be an intimidating task… you can do it.

Below you will find some tips to help you make your writing even better

1. Keep it Simple

Try to keep your messages simple. When learning a language, it is always your tendency to write the same way in your new language as in your native language. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to develop advanced writing skills.

Since English is not your native language, it is best to work with simple sentences. By keeping your writing simple, you will ensure that it is written correctly and is easily understood.

If you try to use complex academic language or structures in your writing, you are bound to make some mistakes. That means you may have to cut down a long run-on sentence into two or three short sentences. That is perfectly fine. Try to keep it simple.

2. Hook Readers from the First Line

Does your first line or paragraph grab your reader’s attention? Does it make them want to keep reading? Try to make the beginning of your story or essay interesting.
Some possible ways to begin your writing are with: a definition, a quote, a statistic, an anecdote, or describing/setting a scene.

3. Spice your Words Up

Do you use vague, plain words? Or do you use descriptive words that really make your writing stand out? Don’t use words like said, good or bad. Add more descriptive words to your writing that makes it stand out.

Instead of said; you could use: declared, uttered, cried or replied.
Instead of good; you could use: enjoyable, pleasant, wonderful or lovely.
Instead of bad; you could use: horrible, awful, appalling or dire.

4. Move or Remove Parts that Don’t Make Sense

If after rereading your writing something does not seem right; change it! Try moving sentences or even paragraphs around to make your writing more consistent. If you just can’t find the right place for something, remove it! If you don’t want to completely delete it, move it to another document (or page) where you can easily copy and paste it later and add it in; if you find a new place to put it.

5. Read Your Writing Out Loud and Backwards

How many times have you thought your final draft of writing was done, only to find more errors? It happens to me all the time.

Start at the last line of your paper or story. Read the last sentence out loud. Is its mechanics correct? Does it have a capital and punctuation? Is everything spelled correctly? Does it make sense? Now, move on to the sentence before it.

By starting at the end of your paper and working up to the top, you are forced to look at each sentence in isolation and make sure it is correct. This is a helpful way to check your mechanics and sentence structure and find any errors that you may have overlooked.

6. Ask Someone for Help

Find someone that is willing to read your paper and give you feedback and/or look for errors. Tough it may be difficult to share, the more people that read your writing and give you ideas and feedback; the more refined your writing will become. Don’t be embarrassed to show your work to others… remember your goal is to have an awesome final draft. Getting some help along the way will make you a better writer. All published authors have editors that go through each draft and find errors, pose questions and give feedback.

Remember, you don’t have to take all of the advice someone gives you about your writing. You can pick and choose which of their ideas is best for your work.


100 Things You Can Do To Improve Your English

by Hester

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be confident. People can only correct your mistakes when they hear you make them. 

Surround yourself in English. Put yourself in an all-English speaking environment where you can learn passively. The best way to learn is through speaking. 

Practise every day. Make yourself a study plan. Decide how much time a week you are going to spend studying and stick to it. Establish a routine.
Tell your family and friends about your study plan. Get them to push you to study and also don’t let them interrupt you.
Practise the 4 core skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They all need to be worked on for you to improve.
Keep a notebook of new words you learn. Use them in sentences and try to say them at least 3 times when you speak.
Do a lesson at least once a day.
Memorisation of lists is one of the most common ways of learning vocabulary for a test. It’s only a good exercise for short term studying because you often do not retain the information that you have learned for a test. 

Use your body clock. If you’re not a morning person, study in the afternoon. 

You will find words easier to remember if you try to remember an example sentence using that word rather the word on its own. 

Plan to take a test. You’ll find that you work harder when you need to study for something. 

Saying that, it’s better not to study just to take a test. Think of the bigger picture. What can you do when you have a good command of English? How will the quality of your life improve? 

Give yourself a long term goal. Focus on working towards it. 

Give yourself short term goals too and reward yourself when you achieve each one. 

Create an atmosphere in which you want to learn, not because you have to. You’ll learn more when you’re learning because you want to. 

Know what works best for you. Think about what methods have been successful for you in the past and stick with them. 

Figure out how you learn. It can be by memorising, reading, speaking, summarising or other methods. Find out how you study best. It can be in a quiet place by yourself or with a group. 

Get help! If you don’t understand something you’ve got to ask someone. Ask your teacher, classmates or friends for help. 

Review! Review! Review! Make sure that you take the time to review things you have studied in the past. 

It’s not a good idea to study on your own for more than 30 minutes at a time. Take regular breaks, get some fresh air and stretch your legs. 

Don’t be in such a hurry to move up a level. Concentrate on the level you are at now. 

Watch DVDs rather than TV. It’s better to use something that you can watch over again to catch information you might have missed the first time. 

Watching TV only gives you the chance to hear something correctly first time. This is better for high level students. It can be great practice for speaking to native English speakers so you don’t have to ask them to repeat themselves! 

Read graded readers. These books are especially written for your level. Read a whole novel. You can do it! You’ll feel great afterwards. 

Children’s books have easier words and are a good alternative to graded readers. 

Newspapers are a good place to find passive constructs. Read through an article and see if you can find the passive sentences. 

Read for the general meaning first. Don’t worry about understanding every word, then go back and look up new words. 

For a word you don’t understand in a sentence, look at the other words around it. They will give you a hint. Try to guess the meaning from the context. 

Learn root words. They’ll help you guess the meaning of words. For example:scrib = write, min = small 

When you learn a new word, think of all its other forms: Beautiful (adjective),beauty (noun), beautifully (adverb). 

Learn prefixes (dis-, un-, re-) and suffixes (-ly, -ment, -ful), these will help you to figure out the meaning of words and build your vocabulary. 

English, unlike Japanese or French, uses word stress. For new words, count the syllables and find where the stress is. Only one stress per word and always on a vowel. Two syllable verbs have a stress on the second syllable (beGIN). 2 syllable nouns (TEAcher) and adjectives (HAPpy) stress the first.
Use English whenever you can. It’s as simple as that! 

Don’t translate into English from your own language. Think in English to improve your fluency. Talk to yourself…but not on the bus otherwise people will think you have gone crazy! 

You can’t learn English from a book. Like driving a car, you can only learn through doing it. 

The most natural way to learn grammar is through talking. 

Keep an English diary or journal. Start by writing a few sentences a day and then get into the habit of writing more. 

Why not start an online blog and share your writings with the world? 

To become a better writer brainstorm as many ideas and thoughts onto paper without worrying about grammar or spelling. Then think about the structure. After that, write your piece using good grammar and spelling. Finally, read it through or give it to someone else to check for mistakes. 

Keep an eye on your punctuation as it can totally change what you’re trying to say. Check out the difference in meaning between these two sentences: “A woman without her man is nothing” and “A woman: without her, man is nothing”. 

Sing your heart out! Show the world your beautiful voice! Learn English songs and sing along with them to improve fluency and intonation… anyone for Karaoke? 

Get a penfriend or use chat-rooms, forums and community sites. If you can’t speak to someone in English, this is the next best thing. 

Shadow English CDs. Listen to a few sentences then repeat what you heard. Focus on the rhythm and intonation. 

Have English radio on in your house. Even if you are not actively listening to it, you will still be training your ears. 

Mirror CDs. Read out loud along with a CD. Again, this is great for intonation, pronunciation and rhythm. 

Dictation. Listen to a CD or friend and write down what you hear. 

Nobody likes to hear their own voice, but be brave and try it! Record your voice and listen to your pronunciation and intonation. It will help you to identify your problem areas. 

Ask your helpful teacher if you can record his lesson. This is a great way to review. You can also listen to your teachers speaking speed and intonation. 

Use an English/English dictionary as it will help you to keep thinking in English and not translating. 
If an English/English dictionary seems scary, there are learner’s dictionaries for English students of your level. 

Don’t become too reliant on your dictionary. Your dictionary should be an aid, not your main teacher. Try to guess the meaning of words rather than going straight for your dictionary. 

Don’t give up! Stay positive! Sometimes you will feel that you aren’t learning quickly enough. Everyone feels like this, don’t worry about it. You’ll get there in the end. 

Enjoy it! We learn more when we are having fun! 

If you get nervous when speaking, take two deep breaths before you say something. You’ll speak better when you feel relaxed. 

Keep yourself motivated by looking back at the textbooks and CDs you used in the past. You’ll be surprised at how easy they seem to you now! Congratulations, your level is improving! 

You are never too young or too old to start learning English. Don’t make excuses not to learn. What are you waiting for? 

Procrastination can stop you from being successful. To stop procrastinating, it’s important you understand if your procrastinating is to avoid studying, or if it is your bad habit. 

If you haven’t gotten the results you wanted yet, it’s not because you’re bad at languages, it’s because you haven’t found your own special way of learning yet. 

Use resources which match your level. Don’t use texts/listening exercises which are too difficult or too easy. Use materials which challenge you but don’t frustrate you. 

Don’t worry about making your accent perfect. It’s an important part of your cultural identity to keep your accent. Native English speakers enjoy hearing English spoken with an accent. 

There are many types of English: British, American, South African and so on. None of these are wrong or not as important. English is English. 

Instead, be aware of the differences in American and British English and use your words accordingly. For example: Elevator (US) / Lift (British). 

Carry cue cards with you. These are small cards which you can write new words on. You can pull them out and look at them whenever you a free minute. 

Use post-it notes and stick them around your home. You can use them to label things. Stick one on your pet dog! 

You can’t ignore phrasal verbs (two words verbs), there are hundreds of them in English and they’re widely used. The more you focus on their meaning, the more you’ll be able to guess the meaning of new ones. You’ll start to recognise their patterns. 

Use your intuition. Go with your gut feeling, you’ll be surprised how often your first guess is the right guess. Like we said before, be confident. 

Gather your thoughts. Take a second to think about what you’re going to say. You know the grammar, but maybe you don’t use it correctly when you speak. 

Meet new people. Make the effort to mix with English speakers in your town. You could join a club or go to bars where foreigners hang out. Buy one a drink, they love that! 

Be the person to start conversations in English. Try to keep the conversations moving and use listening words (‘really?’ / ‘go on…’/ ‘what happened then?’) Don’t wait for others to speak to you. Get in there! 

Debate. Discuss topics in a group. Each person should choose a viewpoint (even if you don’t agree with it) and debate it within the group. Make sure you get your point across. Learn to listen actively. Active listening will help in the classroom and it will help you get more out of, and contribute more to, group study sessions. Focus on the person who is talking. Don’t fidget or become distracted by other people or events. Concentrate on the speaker with your ears and eyes. Follow the movements the speaker makes in an effort to hear more. It may help to repeat what you hear others say in an effort to understand their thoughts. 

It’s not enough to only learn English words. You can teach a parrot English words but that doesn’t mean it can speak English! You still need to have an understanding of grammar. 

Verb tenses are used by English speakers to talk about the timing of actions. You might not have the same expressions in your own language. It’s important that you know these tenses and when to use them. 

English has many irregular verbs. You should drill yourself on them.
Keep it up! If you take a break from speaking English, you will find that your level decreases and all your hard work has been wasted. 

Don’t be put off by a bad test score. Sometimes students have the ability to pass an English test, but can’t communicate well with English speakers. If you can speak freely in English, you should be proud of yourself. 

Remember that as long as you have tried your hardest, you have succeeded! 

Learn English with a friend. You’ll have someone you can practice with and you can motivate each other to study. 

Remember, the way we write English is not the same as how it’s pronounced. For example ‘Ough’ has over 6 pronunciations. Familiarise yourself the Phonetic Alphabet. It will help you correctly pronounce words in the dictionary. 

Get used to the ‘schwa’ sound [É™] — an unstressed and toneless neutral vowel sound. ‘Schwa’ is the most common vowel sound in English. For example, the ‘a‘ inabout and the ‘u‘ in supply. 
Keep in mind that it takes longer to improve when our level is high. Usually the fastest progress is made when we are beginners. Don’t think that you’re suddenly not learning anymore, it’s just a less noticeable progress. 

Make sure that your English matches the occasion. It’s OK to use slang with friends but not in a business meeting. Decide in which situation it’s appropriate to use the words and phrases you have learned. 

Textbook English is often different from the way we casually speak. To learn casual ‘slang’ watch movies. 

Idioms can be difficult to memorise, but they are great fun to use and they’ll make your English more colourful. 

When talking we usually link words together so that two words can sound like one. Simply put, we link words ending with a consonant sound to words beginning with a vowel sound (consonant > vowel). We link words ending with a vowel sound to words beginning with a vowel sound (vowel > vowel). Practice these to improve your listening and pronunciation. 

Make use of the internet. It’s full of resources to help you learn: BBC Learning English ;

Write down which areas you want to improve on and work on improving them. Of course, don’t ignore your strong points. Congratulate yourself on how well you’ve done! 

Unlearn your mistakes. You probably make the same grammar mistakes over and over again. Use English tests results as a study tool. Go over your mistakes and choose one or two that you want to focus on. Use your favourite grammar book to check rules. 

Use the correct article (a/an, the). Be aware that there is more to this rule than a/an= non specific, the=specific. For example: A university (not an university because it begins with a consonant sound). An hour (not a hour because the ‘h’ is often silent). 

For fluency, try image training. Before you go to that restaurant think through what the waiter is likely to say to you. Think of what phrases you are going to use. 

Much communication comes through body language and gesture. These can be different between cultures and countries. For example, the two-fingered “V” for victory symbol is fine palms-out. If you make it with you palm facing toward you, you’ll offend a British person. It means…well, you ask a British person and find out for yourself! 

The easiest one — Sleep! You’ll learn more after a good night’s sleep. You’ll be able to concentrate more. 

Take an English Course in an English speaking country. 

If you studying abroad, mix with people from other countries not only people from your own country. It’s not a good idea for you to live in a shared house with people from your own country. Enjoy a more cultural experience by spending time with other nationalities. 
Have you thought about getting a job or doing an internship abroad?
Get yourself a qualified teacher. Who wants to learn wrong things? 

Nobody can learn all of the English language. No need to worry about trying. A useful shortcut to learning is that in English we have lots of words that have the same pronunciation, but a different spelling and meaning. For example, ‘come here’ has the same pronunciation as, ‘I can hear the birds’. You might find it easier to build vocabulary by knowing the different meanings.
Once you have a basic level of English explore the different ways you can say the same thing. This makes your English more interesting to the listener and it shouldn’t be too difficult for you because you already know the basics. For example, how many ways can we say, ‘Goodbye‘ in English?
When you are on your English course, be prepared for your class. Do your homework as soon as possible and hand it in on time. Review your notes and your last lesson a few minutes before the class. Doing this will refresh your memory and you’ll be warmed up for lesson. 

Don’t get distracted in class. Focus on the lesson, don’t stare out of the window. Don’t be late, arrive a few minutes before the start of the lesson. Don’t sit next to people who won’t speak to you in English. Switch off your phone. Be organised, remember to take your textbook, notebook and pen.
Find a comfortable, peaceful place for quiet study. You need somewhere where you can focus 100%. 


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