A perpetual problem faced by most of the Indians is communicating fluently in English. As English is a second language in our country and not our ‘mother tongue,’ mistakes are bound to happen. English is not really a funny language but English spoken in India is indeed a funny language. We have come out with a new language of sorts – The Indian version of English, which we don’t even realize, is widely mocked at.
You are communicating in a group with confidence but are suddenly interrupted and corrected by someone. Sounds familiar? That’s okay. Most of us have been through this kind of embarrassing situation. The important thing is to learn from such mistakes and improve your skills. To start with, let’s search, view and kill those bloopers that keep crawling in our vocabulary and communication. Here are some of the common mistakes, which you might not even know, are actually – mistakes:
No. You don’t have to take your life just because you are not good in speaking English. Just learn and use the term appropriately in future.
When you complete your course at an educational institute, you ‘pass the exams’ or ‘graduate’ or ‘do your schooling’ from there. You do not ‘pass out’ from the institution. To ‘pass out’ simply means dying or losing consciousness.
The phrase ‘revert back’ is grammatically wrong. Revert means ‘to reply’ or ‘respond.’ You don’t really need to add ‘back’ to the word already indicating ‘giving something back. As you don’t say ‘reply back,’ you don’t say ‘revert back.’
Correct sentence: I will revert to your query soon.
There is a very simple rule to make it crystal clear. You don’t discuss about things, you discuss it. The word ‘discuss’ means to ‘talk about.’ Adding the word ‘about’ would make it “talk about about.” So, one should use ‘discuss’ like ‘We will discuss your responsibilities’ and not ‘We will discuss about your responsibilities.’
The most common blunder, which we literally make is, usage of this word. ‘Literally’ means ‘exactly,’ ‘actually’ or ‘accurately.’ We have been using ‘literally’ in the most non-literal contexts. Next time if you say “I was literally flying that day,” be prepared for some shocks and jaw-drops.
‘For’ is used in a sentence which already indicates a definite time-period. For eg: ‘I have known him for the past 5 years.’ Here, the total amount of time – 5 years – is mentioned. ‘Since’ is used when only the starting point of an occurrence is given. For eg: I have known him since 2012. It’s simple. Right?
The plural of ‘hair’ is ‘hair’ and not ‘hairs.’ Don’t say something like ‘Your hairs are looking nice today’ and make the listener want to (not literally) pull their hair (not hairs).
There is a constant tiff between ‘do’ and ‘does’ in the minds of average English speakers. ‘Does’ is used with a singular noun while ‘do’ is used with a plural subject.
Correct sentence: Why does she keep moving?
Correct sentence: Why do they keep moving?
There are many more blunders people make while talking in English. If you are also guilty of making such mistakes from time-to-time, don’t lose heart and keep learning and practicing to get better. Remember, failure is a part of the learning process.
The key to avoid such mistakes is to be first informed about it. Only if you know what you’re saying is wrong, will you be able to correct it. There are many resources available these days, online as well offline, to teach and refine English speaking skills.
One such resource is EMILLY – Extramarks Interactive Language Learning for You. EMILLY is a new-age English learning program, which enables Hindi-speaking people to learn ‘spoken English’ in a simple and effective way. EMILLY’s digital teaching material improves listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the learners.
The best part of this programme is its audio-visual modules, which are presented in a simplified and engaging manner, making learning an interesting process. One can register for the online course or can download the affordable App.
So, all of you who are still struggling to speak English confidently without messing it up, EMILLY provides interactive tools for improving pronunciation and vocabulary. All this and more available at this amazing platform www.emilly.com. Here’s hoping you become an incredible English speaker soon.