“The thing always
happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes
it happen”. Frank Lloyd Wright
It is everybody’s dream to communicate in English, even though
we do not agree with it, however writing communications in English
is very essential in today’s work place, especially in the present
era of globalization. Speaking and writing make or break your career,
peculiarly when you are working on a position, where you have to
interact with a lot of people internally and externally regularly
and if you are not communicating well, there will always be communication
problems, mis-communications etc.
are some tips which may help you to effectively communicate in English.
Speak and Write Without Fear:
problem most people face in learning a new language is their
own fear, like Stage Fear – we know everything, however doubt
on our own ability as to whether we can. They worry that they
won’t say things correctly or that they will look stupid so
they don’t talk at all. Don’t do this.
The fastest way to
learn anything is to do it – again and again until you get it right.
Like anything, learning English requires practice. Don’t let a little
fear stop you from getting what you want.
Makes Man Perfect:
It is easy to write
than to speak publicly, we can write privately
whatever we want, first translation type of writing, i.e. try to
translate little sentences into English, like stories, ideas etc.
try to re-read it and then make it final. For this we have to put
a lot of efforts, it is crucial to avoid spelling mistakes, grammatical
errors, correct punctuations etc. and if you put a lot of concentration
you can correct your language perfect, to a great extent.
Have Enough Vocabulary:
you put efforts your grammatical and other mistakes can be corrected,
however you need to have a vast resources of vocabulary, since it
is also a part of writing, hence try to have more and more assemblage
of vocabulary, for this you can keep a electronic dictionary on
your computer (or try to see the synonyms of the word by right clicking
for synonyms) and whenever you come across with new words, try to
know what does it mean and also try to use in your writing. Share
the words among others also helps you to understand it better and
help others to learn it.
if you study English at a language school it doesn’t mean you can’t
learn outside of class. Using as many as different sources, methods
and tools as possible, will allow you to learn faster. There are
many different ways you can improve your English, don’t limit yourself
to only one or two. The electronic media like internet is a fantastic
resource for virtually anything, but for the language learner it's
Yourself With English:
absolute best way to learn English is to surround you with it. Take
notes in English, put English books around your room, listen to
English language radio broadcasts, watch English news, movies and
television. Speak English with your friends whenever you can. The
more English material that you have around you, the faster you will
learn and the more likely it is that you will begin “thinking in
to Experts as Much as Possible:
can hear from various speakers from the news channels, various deshi
news channels and pakka English news channel like BBC, though their
tones and accents are different, however it is not our aim to know
word to word meaning, but to familiarize with the English. But if
possible try to hear from native English speakers, one of the reasons
for this is that native speakers have a natural flow to their tone
and style are totally different than the English speaking people.
English Films and Television: We
can also watch movies and serials on TV, this is not only a fun
way to learn but it is also very effective. By watching English
films (especially those with English subtitles) you can expand your
vocabulary and hear the flow of speech from the actors. If you listen
to the news you can also hear different accents.
to English Music:
Music can be
a very effective method of learning English. In fact, it is
often used as a way of improving our knowledge base. The best
way to learn is to get the lyrics to the songs you are listening
to and try to read them as the artist sings. There are several
good internet sites where one can find the words for most
songs. This way you can practice your listening and reading
at the same time. And if you like to sing, fine.
as Often as Possible: Only
by studying things like grammar and vocabulary and doing exercises,
can you really improve your knowledge of any language. There are
a lot of e-book resources on the internet like www.gutenberg.org
where you can have thousands of e-books, mostly classic (absolutely
free) it can be downloaded and saved and when you get the time,
you can read the classic books, this will help you to improve your
English to great extent.
Exercises and Take Tests: Many people think that exercises
and tests aren't much fun. However, by completing exercises and
taking tests you can really improve your English. One of the best
reasons for doing lots of exercises and tests is that they give
you a benchmark to compare your future results with. Often, it is
by comparing your score on a test you took yesterday with one you
took a month or six months ago that you realize just how much you
have learned. If you never test yourself, you will never know how
much you are progressing.
Review Yourself: Nobody likes to review
his progress, but it is good and necessary to review your progress
from time to time. You may be so impressed with the progress you
are making, hence you have test your ability most often to know
the progress and to find out new resources to further improve.
Listen to English: By this, we mean,
speak on the phone or listen to radio broadcasts, audio books or
CDs in English. We can have cheap sources of audio books and CDs
from the market with a cheap dictionary. This is different than
watching the television or films because you can’t see the person
that is speaking to you. Many people could observe that speaking
on the phone is one of the most difficult things that they do and
the only way to improve is to practice.
The above are the ways and means to learn, however if you shy away
from all the activities, will not make you an expert, there needs
practices and hardwork, but above all it is mental attitude help
you to learn, you have to have the correct attitude to avoid procrastinating
the things, which will not lead you to become an expert in the field.
So, why you are hesitating, start now. Start now by doing as many
as exercises and tests whenever you can, and you can see a lot of
differences after some days. Keep doing practices and one day you
really will make progress with English.
Writer: Satish Nair [email protected]