Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Some Important Guidlines for Spoken English

"Points To Remember"
  • Always speak in short sentences. Instead of trying to join two or more sentences by using and, but, although etc, it is better to speak in short and simple sentences. 

  • Do not think in your mother tongue and then translate your thoughts into English. Try to structure your thoughts in English before speaking them aloud. This is where your English medium educated colleague has an edge over you.
  • Avoid using 'back' with words like 'revert' or 'return'. Return itself means bring back or come back. So return back is wrong. Correct usage is simply: Please return the library book or he'll return home after six. Similarly, Revert if in doubt is correct as opposed to revert back to my mail.
  • Take care of the verb and its object. A verb is the word describing action (ex. Do, is, have etc) and object is the noun/ pronoun whose action it describes. Points that need to be taken care of are the tense of the verb and its singularity/ plurality. Refer to this table when in doubt. If we speak in simple present tense, we'll just take care of the singularity and plurality of the verb. (We'll take up tenses in the next article.)

  • Keep few regularly used prepositions in mind. Prepositions are words that describe the position and relationship of on object with other nouns or pronouns in the sentence. Example, I went to the office. Here 'to' is the preposition. Prepositions describe the relationships including time, direction, place, manner and amount. Following are commonly used prepositions:
  • Read magazines and newspapers regularly and make it a point to read aloud for 10 minutes every day.
  • Watch English news regularly and notice how sentences are structured.
  • Always keep a dictionary handy and refer to it.
  • Create totally conversation environment where you live.
  • Never hesitate while getting slow fluency and improper use of words.
  • After only 2 months practice I am sure an promise that you will feel English as your mother tongue.


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