This is one of the rare books on English which covers every aspect of the language—vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and punctuation. It will open a new chapter in the learning process of every student.
English is not so easy to learn as claimed by certain fly-by-night teaching centres, but every effort has been made in this book to understand the nuances of the language—and fast.
English is one of the richest languages. It has borrowed extensively from all the major languages in the world, including Hindi. Mantra, chutney, dosa, etc have now become English words. A separate list of foreign words is given in this book.
Twenty students have ‘left’ the class means gone out of the class. Twenty students are ‘left’ in the class means remained in the class.
‘That’s life’ means bad/hard life while ‘This is the life’ means good life. A fat chance or a slim chance have the same meaning. Such oddities have been explained in the book quite clearly.
This book will be useful not only for students but for all who want to learn English from A to Z and want to use the language with authority.
1. English and its Funny Side—13
2. The Secret of Good Pronunciation—15
3. Confusible Words—18
4. The Art of Writing—34
5. A Couple of Articles on the English Language—37
6. Improve Your Vocabulary—43
7. The Art of Spelling—86
8. Tips to Improve Spelling—90
9. Slang —94
10. Some Important Idioms—97
12. Proverbs —113
13. The Importance of Punctuation—115
14. Foreign Words—120
15. Grammar Made Easy—126
16. Newspaper Terms—131
17. Most Common Mistakes—135
Pramod K. Chaudhari is a senior journalist with 25 years’ experience in English journalism.His qualifications are MA (English), Certificate of Proficiency in English (CIEFL), Advanced Diploma in Proficiency of French (JNU), PG Diploma in Journalism (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan).
As a journalist, he combines threefold experience of reporting, feature writing and editing in newspapers and magazines.He has worked in The Statesman, The Pioneer, The Observer of Business and Politics and The Tribune.
The author has taught English, French and Journalism (Editing) at YMCA. In order to brush up his language skills, he also stayed in England and France.
The author is a sportsman also. He has been participating in the Delhi Half Marathon every year since 2005 and writing ‘middles’ on this sporting event. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org