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A Simple Guide To Proper English Usage

  1. Introduction to Prakruthi N. Banwasi’s Method Simple guide to proper English usage



  2. How to improve English



  3. More tips on improving English



  4. Importance of correct communication

Introduction to Prakruthi N. Banwasi’s Method Simple guide to proper English usage

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Welcome to the world of English language. English as a language is widely used not because it had been forced upon us by the British, but because it is beautifully simple.

In this book an attempt has been made to help the learner understand the rules of English usage & the art of speaking with ease. Proper knowledge of usage rules in English is more important than a complete knowledge of grammar for beginners. Learning to speak English can be very easy if the right method is followed. Given here are a few guidelines which will help you learn/improve English.

1. Start thinking in English : Beginners learning English think in their mother tongue and then literally translate the same to English, a lot of mistakes are committed due to this. and had every paragraph beautifully translated by Shri. Mathighatta Krishnamurthy,

The rules of English usage are different from that of any other Indian language, for e.g.., in Kannada we say 'neenu allige hogu' or 'allige hogu neenu' or even 'hogu allige neenu'. Such flexibility is not possible in English and we have to adhere to the strict rules of English grammar.

In simple words, many a times, when we use any Indian language, the subject and the object form the first part of the sentence and the verb is put at the end of the sentence. This is not followed in English. The verb is placed between the subject and the object in English.

There is a wrong notion that English grammar is elaborate and is therefore very difficult to follow, specially while speaking. This is not so as the rules of usage in English are very simple, if understood properly.

Fear, shyness, anxiety, inferiority complex and lack of confidence that cause hesitation should be overcome while learning a new language. Confidence is the key to being able to learn a new language better. A person who does not know any other Indian language is not put through any misery while using it with half baked or no knowledge, but when it comes to English one is tongue tied if he makes a mistake.

It is important to make mistakes, but more important to correct the mistakes and move on with confidence. It is only when one makes mistakes that he can aspire to improve by correcting himself and more importantly gauge his improvement by reducing his every known mistake.

While climbing a ladder one cannot go on to the sixth rung directly, one has to take each step right from the bottom to reach greater heights with stability and confidence. Similarly, a child does not walk the moment he tries, he first rolls over and then starts heaving himself ahead with great effort. Standing up on its own feet is a major victory and a few tumbles later he learns to walk a few steps that are milestones for him. Soon he gains confidence and not only walks but also runs. Similarly all of us have the natural ability to improve ourselves, be it in any sphere.

Till now there is not a single child who has decided that he will not walk if he is endowed to do so, this is because every child has a natural ability to walk and develops the skill of walking, more by instinct than by practice. Everyone has a natural ability to learn or improve his knowledge of language. Learning English or any other language is not difficult as long as one is confidant. With confidence, one can learn the language slowly but surely.

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