In the 21st Century, there has been a vast technological advancement compared to the 20th Century, especially with the development of the internet as a tool for social networking with English as lingua franca. English is a tool in Singapore to communicate effectively with people, locally and internationally. To communicate internationally, and to unify the three main ethnic groups of Singapore. Singapore is made up of three main ethnicities, Malays, Indians and Chinese, with their own distinct cultural heritage and language.
The mastery of just twenty hundred words, the knowing where to place them, will make us not masters of the English language, but masters of correct speaking and writing.
Small number, you will say, compared with what is in the dictionary! But nobody ever uses all the words in the dictionary or could use them did he live to be the age of Methuselah, and there is no necessity for using them.
There are upwards ofwords in the recent editions of the large dictionaries, but the one-hundredth part of this number will suffice for all your wants. Of course you may think not, and you may not be content to call things by their common names; you may be ambitious to show superiority over others and display your learning or, rather, your pedantry and lack of learning.
For instance, you may not want to call a spade a spade. You may prefer to call it a spatulous device for abrading the surface of the soil.
Better, however, to stick to the old familiar, simple name that your grandfather called it. It has stood the test of time, and old friends are always good friends. To use a big word or a foreign word when a small one and a familiar one will answer the same purpose, is a sign of ignorance.
Great scholars and writers and polite speakers use simple words. To go back to the number necessary for all purposes of conversation correspondence and writing, 2, we find that a great many people who pass in society as being polished, refined and educated use less, for they know less.
In the works of Shakespeare, the most wonderful genius the world has ever known, there is the enormous number of 15, different words, but almost 10, of them are obsolete or meaningless today. Every person of intelligence should be able to use his mother tongue correctly.
It only requires a little pains, a little care, a little study to enable one to do so, and the recompense is great. Consider the contrast between the well-bred, polite man who knows how to choose and use his words correctly and the underbred, vulgar boor, whose language grates upon the ear and jars the sensitiveness of the finer feelings.
The blunders of the latter, his infringement of all the canons of grammar, his absurdities and monstrosities of language, make his very presence a pain, and one is glad to escape from his company.
The proper grammatical formation of the English language, so that one may acquit himself as a correct conversationalist in the best society or be able to write and express his thoughts and ideas upon paper in the right manner, may be acquired in a few lessons.
It is the purpose of this book, as briefly and concisely as possible, to direct the reader along a straight course, pointing out the mistakes he must avoid and giving him such assistance as will enable him to reach the goal of a correct knowledge of the English language.
It is not a Grammar in any sense, but a guide, a silent signal-post pointing the way in the right direction.
The English Language in a Nutshell All the words in the English language are divided into nine great classes. These classes are called the Parts of Speech. Of these, the Noun is the most important, as all the others are more or less dependent upon it. A Noun signifies the name of any person, place or thing, in fact, anything of which we can have either thought or idea.
There are two kinds of Nouns, Proper and Common. Common Nouns are names which belong in common to a race or class, as man, city. Proper Nouns distinguish individual members of a race or class as John, Philadelphia.
In the former case man is a name which belongs in common to the whole race of mankind, and city is also a name which is common to all large centres of population, but John signifies a particular individual of the race, while Philadelphia denotes a particular one from among the cities of the world.
Nouns are varied by Person, Number, Gender, and Case. Person is that relation existing between the speaker, those addressed and the subject under consideration, whether by discourse or correspondence.
The Persons are First, Second and Third and they represent respectively the speaker, the person addressed and the person or thing mentioned or under consideration. Number is the distinction of one from more than one.
There are two numbers, singular and plural; the singular denotes one, the plural two or more.
The plural is generally formed from the singular by the addition of s or es. Gender has the same relation to nouns that sex has to individuals, but while there are only two sexes, there are four genders, viz.
The masculine gender denotes all those of the male kind, the feminine gender all those of the female kind, the neuter gender denotes inanimate things or whatever is without life, and common gender is applied to animate beings, the sex of which for the time being is indeterminable, such as fish, mouse, bird, etc.
Sometimes things which are without life as we conceive it and which, properly speaking, belong to the neuter gender, are, by a figure of speech called Personification, changed into either the masculine or feminine gender, as, for instance, we say of the sun, He is rising; of the moon, Sheis setting.
Case is the relation one noun bears to another or to a verb or to a preposition.able to read, write, and understand the English language and speak it without accent or impediment of speech that would interfere with two-way radio conversation.
(2) Aircraft Dispatchers. So English education had to be composed of reading and listening. Of course, we have to learn a lot from foerign countres, but now we must convey our culture, our technique, our study, etc, so I think we have to study writing and speaking hard.
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It helps you improve all parts of the English language – vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing. It helps to develop language intuition in the corrected form.
Then the brain imitates them, producing similar sentences to express the desired meaning. Adults work on their English speaking, reading, and writing skills at The New York Public Library At The New York Public Library's Adult Learning Centers, where adults work on basic English and literacy skills, we're often asked for recommendations of websites for adults to practice English at home.
Goals of the requirement. The English subject requirement seeks to ensure that incoming college freshmen are prepared to undertake university-level study; to acquire and use knowledge in critical ways; to think, read, write and speak critically; and to master literacy skills for classes in all University subjects.