Why learn a language?
A ‘Passion’ to learn is very important for learning anything. And the same applies to learning English as well. We can talk with new people in their language once we learn it. Learning any language is always fun. But learning English is not only fun. It is a sine qua non for nearly everyone in today’s world. The sun has long set in the British empire. However, English shows no signs of decline in its usage throughout the world.
Though English is not a phonetic language, it’s important to be aware of at least the basics of phonetics, phonology involved. The next important thing is Vocabulary (words and their meanings). Words are the building blocks of any language, right? But just knowing the words and their meanings is not enough. For learning any language, knowing the grammar of that language is necessary.
Grammar teaches syntax, the proper construction, and the usage of sentences, paragraphs, and everything else related to a language. Linguistics is the scientific study of a language. In linguistics, the syntax is the set of rules which show us how words combine to form phrases, clauses, and sentences. Syntax (meaning ‘arrange together’) comes from the Greek language.
English – Mistakes galore!
Unfortunately, many people sadly assume that they know English perfectly well which is farther from the truth! Anyone can put their knowledge of English to the test pretty easily today by writing just one paragraph of about 100 words. With so many websites and apps that test the correctness, the written paragraph can be easily checked for its correctness. The writer will be surprised to see the glaring errors in his/her writing.
Reasons for lack of Proper English
What is the reason for the lack of proper knowledge of English? Blame it on the school system. Not all of them are the culprits (but a majority of them), the reluctance of students to talk in English with each other, a steep decline in the ‘reading’ habit, etc. The schools are where the majority of the students learn English, but the lack of properly trained English teachers is a huge issue here.
Passion Life Skills Academy
Due to factors stated above above, I started Passion Life Skills Academy in January 2021 in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, India to teach Spoken English, Proper Communication and other such essential life skills. Once students learn skills like this, they can be exposed to the booming Content Creation market in India and everywhere in the world. The worldwide digital Content Creation market size was estimated to be US $ 11 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach US $ 38.2 billion by 2030 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12% between 2020 and 20301.
Good Communication Skills
Proper communication is very essential in securing jobs, conducting business (sales and marketing and everything else related to business), and nearly everywhere else. Similarly, proper writing is not just about money. Writing is a form of catharsis and can serve as an excellent therapeutic tool too. All said and done, correct usage of English in both speaking and writing will do wonders in everyone’s life. Happy learning to all.
I end this brief introduction with a very short Arabic story (an example of flash fiction) used by one of my favorite authors, Jeffrey Archer in his collection of short stories, ‘To cut a long story short’. This story is titled ‘Death speaks’.
“There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while, the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me.
The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra. “