Not thanking people where you ought to is considered rude.
But why some don’t thank?
You can’t escape introductions.
When you attend a conference, you introduce yourself to new faces you meet.
When you attend a social function, you introduce yourself.
When you attend an in-house training, you introduce yourself to your colleagues from other offices.
When you attend college, you introduce yourself to new friends.
The first impression you create through your introduction can sometimes have far-reaching impact on your personal and professional life. People can take first impression as the last. And even if they don’t, your introduction may not excite them to carry the discussion further. Imagine, a crucial business lead losing interest because you faltered in your intro pitch, especially when many others were vying for the same pot of gold.
There are four kinds of skills in any language – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Reading and listening are passive skills in which you absorb the input (text or voice) passively. Writing and speaking, on the other hand, are active skills in which you produce the output, and therefore are more challenging to master.
Little wonder, most people are looking to learn speaking and writing when they express desire to improve their English. In this post, I’ll cover how to improve speaking and writing for people at two different levels:
You forget some of the points you had prepared the moment you start speaking.
You get nervous.
You get tongue-tied.
You may have faced some of these situations when speaking in a group or presenting your point of view in an official meeting or addressing an audience or making a presentation.
Why do some struggle? And why do some sail through without breaking a sweat?
I’ve extensively used online dictionaries, mainly dictionary.com (~ 80 percent) and Cambridge English Dictionary (~ 20 percent), to improve my pronunciation of more than 3,400 words and transfer more than 7,500 words from passive to active vocabulary.
I started with dictionary.com. Much later, when I tried Cambridge English Dictionary, I realized that dictionary.com, but for pronunciation, wasn’t the best overall option. It struck me then that many more users of online dictionaries may not be using the best dictionary and I decided to write a review of main dictionary brands at some point in future. And here it is.
In this post, I’ve reviewed (with ratings out of 10) well-known online dictionary brands on parameters that are usually the most valuable to users.
Reading improves English.
It particularly improves your written English, but it also improves your spoken English indirectly through better vocabulary, being better informed on range of topics, and learning how to build your arguments. You can make your reading work even further for your spoken English by reading out loud. You may read the following post to learn how reading can benefit your English:
Before we get into the thick of this blog post, I’ll briefly narrate few steps you can take to make reading a habit:
‘What are the best books on grammar, punctuation, writing, speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary I can refer to improve my English?’
This is a common question from people who’re working on their English.
You need books to learn the basic rules of some aspects of English such as grammar, but, by and large, you don’t need books to learn other aspects such as pronunciation.
Here are few books (or no books where they aren’t required) you can refer to improve your English:
Reading improves English.
If practiced correctly, reading can accelerate vocabulary-building, improve grammar, and sharpen writing. Although reading doesn’t directly impact your spoken English, it can to some extent improve it through better vocabulary, reading out loud, and a deeper knowledge base.
First off, let’s cover few cardinal rules of reading that will get you the most out of your reading:
Many believe that speaking to native speakers regularly will improve their spoken English better than if they speak to non-native speakers.
I believe this is over-hyped. In reality, the efficacy of such interactions is underwhelming. Here are the reasons: