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?
No one has ever escaped death… and also email.
Even though emails have become such an integral part of our lives, many of us don’t understand the finer points of writing emails. Remember, you’re relying on emails to accomplish some seriously important tasks such as landing a job, accomplishing critical tasks at your workplace, getting approvals, and so on. And small slipups can cost you dear without you ever knowing that it was the email that resulted in self-inflicted disaster (people rarely tell you back that your email was awful on some count), and more often than not you don’t get a second chance.
Some of you hunt for formats for different types of emails (leave, job etc.) on the internet, but a format can leave your email overly generalized and ineffectual like smiley stock images. Such emails won’t stand out. And if they don’t… you know the result.
Instead, learn fundamentals of writing emails, which you can use to write any type of email.
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.
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: