Being fluent and articulate in the English language has its benefits. You have better career prospects and you can interact with people from different countries because it’s the lingua franca—the connecting language—of the world.
At the same time, being a maverick in English makes you the English teacher’s favorite! Who doesn’t love it? It also helps you in other subjects because it’s the primary medium of instruction in University Education. So, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t polish your skills in the language. Here are a few simple ways through which you can do that:
1. Talk to your friends in English
To become an expert in any language, it’s important to speak in the language. The more you speak, the better you get at it. So yes, make it a rule to speak in English whenever you are with your peer group!
You can also consider doing activities with your friends such as discussing current affairs for half an hour after reading the newspaper. This will help you to become more articulate in the language.
2. Read the classics
Now, to add more words to your vocabulary, you need to read up as much as is humanly possible. Reading is one of the most effective ways to know more about the world and the people around you. At the same time, reading novels helps you to understand the nuances of conversational language and reading autobiographies makes you more aware of how to chart your experiences and emotions in a succinct manner.
Pick up classics if you want to get proficient in using better words to express yourself. Read Shakespeare, Dickens, Woolf, Twain and more to speak and write in the language with exceptional finesse!
3. Listen to podcasts and lectures
Most Indians do not realize the value of podcasts. But it can really help to improve your language if you listen to some of them on a regular basis. What’s more, you can subscribe to channels which have experts talking about topics and subjects that you are actually interested in. So, make this a habit!
Additionally, if you have not tried out watching TED talks, now is the time to do it! Listen to orators and authors speaking in literature events (for example, Jaipur Literature Festival), seminars, and conferences. Observe how UN delegates use the English language to put across their ideas. All you need to do is just get on to YouTube for the videos.
If you are struggling with expressing yourself in English or not getting good grades in subject, then consider talking to your parents about hiring a tutor.