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Monday, 19 February 2018

How to improve English


More than 25 years have passed since I started teaching English to young minds. Before I move further, I must state that the area (Bastar region) I belong to is known as backward in terms of education, knowledge and approach.

Now, the state government (Chhattisgarh) is making every possible effort to teach the students English with a view to competing with others living across the country.

Basic English is really a challenge to all the teachers as it has plenty of queries to be answered.

This blog aims at talking about the way which I understand is the finest way to learn English. There are three formulas (Mantra) following which one can learn not only English but also any language on the earth. 
They are-
To listen
To Speak
To Read
And
Write
Mantra to learn English

One can prioritize them as per the need and drawback one feels. For example;
If you are weak at pronouncing words you must start from third points (i.e. to read) irrespective of the facts you are pronouncing them wrong or right. While listening you can remove your problems in pronouncing words. 

This practice can be termed as jowl-exercise and I understand this comes first for those who want to learn how to speak English.

While others may start from LISTENING first if they feel they can’t understand how the language is spoken.
Well, the priority of the points can vary as per the need and demand of the students.

But long and short of it is that one must speak-listen, read-write. Scholars say-you can’t learn how to swim unless you get into the water. Similarly, you cannot learn how to speak unless you follow the points mentioned above. I don’t know whether you agree with me. But it’s fact.

In the course of my teaching and learning, many have made comments that one must have an ambience around oneself to learn the language.

I entirely wouldn’t agree to it as it is up to to the learner who could create the ambience of his choice. I am born and brought up under typical Hindi speaking ambience and most of my teacher used to speak local dialects to make the stuff clear when I was in school. However, I learnt and I didn’t go any coaching classes as I see the present generation is doing to learn it.

 Another mantra is that one must keep thinking about the dialogues what he is supposed to speak in one’s native language.


As per the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) certain words are pronounced in a set format.
Phonetics hassles 


Let’s take an example of letter “U” and find out the way it is being pronounced.   
They either “ o̅o̅ “ or  ŭ” and “ə”
Now, the questions which beginners often asked are that
“Why are PUT, CUT and BUT pronounced in a different way when there is a difference of just one letter e.i. ‘P’ and ‘C’ or “B”?

We have been asked plenty of such questions based on the phonetics and pronunciation when I had spared little time at Jawanga in district Dantewada. 

Please read my blog “Travel from Dantewada to Sukma” for details.

 There are so many such queries that need to be answered. Experts say all comes down to the knowledge of phonetics. As you go on reading, listening and speaking you would come to know about their pronunciation.


There are few suggestions by the scholars. They are as under:- 


  • Read whatever you catch hold of Like books, magazines, booklet, pamphlet, bills advertisements, sale papers, and keep a copy of dictionary with you. 
  • Make it a point to read at least one page per day of them, that's a good start for the beginners. Try to look up word-meaning and make sentences of your own using them.
  • Check all English news to see how they present same news in a different way. Try to grasp their style of making sentences to learn the syntax.  
  • Then, begin to speak at intervals. I believe the translation of books will help you a lot. 


Slowly you will pick up good English. 



I hope this blog on learning English is helpful to the beginners

Till the next blog

See you soon !  bye bye!

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12 comments:

  1. It is indeed a nice article..awaiting for part 2 😊😊

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  2. It will come soon! Thanks for your comment Shailesh Ji !

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    1. Thank you Bastar Sewak Mandal for the encouraging words!

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  4. Really helpful for those who are willing to improve. Nice work sir.

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    1. Thank you Muqit Sir! Keep reading and encouraging me with your words!

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  5. Nice information.like to read more.As an English teacher I would like information about symposium.What should I present as a teacher of secondary.Plz help me.

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    1. Nikumbh Sir! Thanks for your kind words! There are many topics that can be presented as a part of symposium. Like child psychology. I am planning to write blog on the topic.

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  6. Quality Experience always talks and that is very clear through yours valuable texture.

    It's a real appetizer for newcomer.
    Please do write something more.

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    1. Thank you very much! I hope you have read my other blogs too.

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  7. Learning and understanding English is the necessity of this generation. SO the most of the parents admit their children to the English medium school, so they can learn English from their childhood.

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    1. I agree with you. Thanks for your comments English Speaking Classes !

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