If You Want To Improve Your English as a Second Language

If You Want To Perfect Your English as a Second Language

check out www.businessenglishwithjulie.com

If you notice that your command of the English language is occasionally a little clumsy and that you still make mistakes that hinder accurate communication or just make you look foolish, businessenglishwithjulie.com offers you an excellent, online opportunity to remedy this situation, an opportunity to perfect your English. At Business English with Julie you will find any number of reasonably priced classes and packages, well worth your time and money.

You’ve always assumed your school English, enhanced by occasional vacations spent in English-speaking countries, is good enough? What do the people with whom you communicate in English think? Do they immediately understand what you want to say or write? Do they pick up on what you meant, what you wanted them to understand? Do they take you seriously? What kind of impression do you make when you speak or write in English?

Yes, the English language, so effortless and automatic for us native speakers, though quality and precision of expression will vary, can be infuriating and frustrating for everyone who tries to acquire it as a foreign language.

In “The Awful German language” Mark Twain claimed that while a person would need thirty years to learn German, said person could learn English, except for spelling and pronunciation, in a mere thirty hours. His assumption, that anyone could learn English so quickly without help, was wrong.

The English language contains numerous pitfalls for the unwary. It steals inconsistently from other languages, mostly, but not only, Romance and Germanic languages, with the result that spelling and pronunciation often have nothing to do with each other.

When I first came to Germany, an early acquaintance battled the English language heroically but the English language always won. This doesn’t have to be the case. You can conquer the English language and make it your obedient servant. However, a guide can make this process significantly faster.

Precision of language has always been important for me, especially now as a professional fiction writer.

In “Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop”, Kate Wilhelm said that there are two kinds of writers, storytellers and wordsmiths. At Clarion, which I was never able to attend, though I would have enjoyed spending time on the MSU campus again, the workshop leaders tried to help both kinds. Most people agree that it is better to be a storyteller. I, however, am a wordsmith and love effective use of language. So, of course, I work on improving my storytelling skills, but I appreciate good English. Possibly, I am not the only one.

A good command of English, whether the colloquial or scholarly variety, or both, will always give you the advantage. Consider improving yours.


About maryjorabe

retired librarian, science fiction fan and writer
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