The benefits of speaking English correctly PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 12:45

By DR. C.Y. GUINACARAN

MT-I, ZCHS

What do you derive when you speak good and proper English?  What outcome is expected in speaking a well-polished English?  Is it worth the effort to take time refining our English speech?

Shakespeare said, “Mend thy speech a little, lest it will mar thy fortune.”  Paraphrasing this positively it will read, “ Mend your speech a little and it will give you fortune.”

Studies consistently show that those who master the English language advance in their careers, get high paying jobs, and rub elbows with the elite.  According to Norman Lewis, author of the book, “ It pays to Enrich your Word Power”, Words can make you great.”

This is due to the following reasons: Firstly, it speaks of the orientation of the mind. Thoughts and feelings are expressed directly from the mindset of the native speaker. For the language to undergo translation from English to the vernacular, it will suffer thought and meaning. The mind should be set to to the way the native of the language think and acclimated to their background.

English language descended from people of highly developed minds.  When one sees the way people see and think he imbibes their culture and philosophy.

Secondly, English is straight to the point language fitted for science and instructional communication.  Standard measurements are expressed in English.  Popular products are are in English.  If nations were to choose for a common medium of communication, the option will be English.  Indeed, there are countless of reasons why the English language can catapult people upward.

I have my personal reasons why English lift us above mediocrity and it is because the Bible was translated in the King James Version.  And when we read the Bible it gives us wisdom and understanding.

How we use and treat the language say much about us, ourideology, how we think, the learning we have, and how we regard people.

However, many people distort the language to sound funny.   Even English teachers who are supposed to be paragons of excellence of speech are sometimes guilty of mimicking the English language.  I liken this attitude to to a painter who for lack of skill resort to paint mural and call it art. Yet, we receive automatic verdict when people hear us speak. They judge us by the way we speak.

In this highly competitive world, applicants who speak straight and correct Englishhave greater edge over applicants struggling to get their ideas through.  To the employers,  the better speakers are the ones who can understand instructions,  comply with the tasks, and can interact with the management in making decisions regarding operations.

Learning good English could be a steep climb for some but it levels off off as one reaches the top.  It will no be as hard as the next time around.  More information is acquired and confidence mounts.  One will find out that he no longer threads on the ground of mediocrity but they will frolic with the excellent. Time spent for its acquisition brings myriads of benefits.