English is the third most widespread native language in the world, after Chinese and Spanish. It is the most widely learned second language and is either the official language or one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states. There are more people who have learned it as a second language than there are native speakers.
English is the most commonly spoken language in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and it is widely spoken in some areas of the Caribbean, Africa and South Asia.
Although such a vast percentage of the world speaks ‘English’ each of the dialects differs slightly in the use of spelling, grammar and punctuation. This is why we must study how our own country uses the English language.
Subject Study Tips for English (5 of 11 in the Series)
1. Read as much as possible! Read a book every day, or every night before you go to bed.
English comes is so many different forms, classic literature such as novels, paperbacks, newspapers, magazines, or even social media, on websites, emails, Facebook and twitter. If it’s in English, read it! Why? This helps you build your vocabulary and improve your knowledge of the written word. Re-exposure to learned vocabulary gives you new examples in context, and learning new words and expressions is essential to building your vocabulary arsenal. Which brings us to tip 2.
2. Actively research new vocabulary.
With the Oxford English Dictionary now just a few clicks away, it’s so easy to get information such as the definition of a word that you don’t know. Literally just click this link: http://www.oed.com/ and you’ll find all the answers that you’ve been searching for. This works because of our short term memory, or lack thereof. Not everything sticks with us for the first time, therefore researching it will move that information into longer term memory. Even better try writing it down or using it in a conversation.
3. Talk with people expressing yourself through your vocabulary.
What’s the point of language if not to communicate? We commonly try to shorten or abbreviate words and phrases to save time ‘lol’, but why not do the opposite? Try to expand your vocabulary assemblage in conversation, especially when you’re talking to someone, and use words or phrases that you may have just learnt. This is the best way to improve your daily implementation of the English Language.
- Read as much as possible!
- Actively research new vocabulary.
- Express yourself in conversation.
Next week we will be posting subject study tip (6 of 11) for Legal Studies. Remember, follow the news section of our Website for weekly tips that could benefit your education.