Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Yes, this blog is for you

You are reading this blog post in English.

You may be:

  • A professor of English Language or English Literature at Oxford University.
  • A newspaper editor anywhere in the world.
  • A high school student in California
  • A teenager in Nigeria playing games on the Internet.
  • A street pedlar in Calcutta (Kolkata)
  • A learner of English in an evening class in Osaka
  • A non-English tourist about to visit Australia.
  • A Scottish crime novelist.
  • Most probably none of these, but another kind of person speaking, writing or learning English.

Whatever your level of English, this blog will address points that you may find useful in improving your English.

To improve the blog, please feel free to post comments and questions.

Thank you, US, Germany, S Korea and Hong Kong!

I am greatly encouraged to see from my Statistics page that, although I did not advertise this blog anywhere on the web and I only started it yesterday, there have already been several people who have visited the blog from the United States, Germany, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Thank you for reading this blog. Please feel free to send comments. At this early stage, I would particularly welcome questions, which I will try to answer to the best of my ability.

Monday, April 29, 2013

My campaign for better English

Good communication matters.

Bad communication can create misunderstanding. Sometimes it kills people.

More often, it just misleads them.

Speaking personally, it irritates me.

But this blog won't be of any use to anyone if it's just a dustbin for my complaints.

I want to help everyone to use the English language to communicate more effectively with other people, wherever they live.

Bad English may be the result of bad teaching, no teaching, or the effect of bad writing and editing in the mass media.

It is not difficult to put right.

In this blog I will help anyone who wants to improve their English to deal with problems that they would otherwise not be told about.