Some common mistakes Indian students make while writing in English
Mastering a language is one of the most difficult things to do. A person who has achieved this can be termed nothing less than a genius, and from that point of view, all Indians are geniuses. Because in our lifespan; we all master at least two languages and achieve fluency in three. The three languages are English, Hindi and our own mother tongue. Our mother tongue comes naturally to us, and then comes English, which though it is a foreign language is also our official language and next is Hindi which is our official as well as our national language and owes its popularity mainly to the film industry with its entertaining movies and catchy songs.
English being a foreign language is a bit difficult to master but at the same time being our official language mastering it is important, it has been accepted worldwide that English is a difficult language with a difficult grammar. India is the largest English speaking country in the world, everyone knows some of it.
But we do tend to get confused because nearly all our Indian languages have an alphabet in which each consonant has an inherent vowel, which can be changed with the different vowel signs. We have a word or vowel for each pronunciation or sound whereas in English we have same pronunciation and sound but different meaning, for example, we write their, and there we pronounce them the same but both of them have different meanings similarly here and hear; of and off all this confuses the Indian mind there are many examples of this kind accept and except. With regard to spellings too the Indian students get lost and ask’s himself “why are PUT and BUT pronounced different”.
In spite of all these difficulties Indians is a country with the largest number of English speaking population. Maybe because with 200 years of British rule and influence English has been able to get into our bloodstreams and in spite of the confusions, we do find it easy to use. That may have been one of the reasons why English was made our official language. Because it cut across boundaries of the states of the vast country and everyone knew the language of the masters. The people spread across the huge subcontinent found it easier to learn the language of the rulers and communicate instead of learning the multiple languages prevalent in the various states.
This ability to know English is one of the biggest economic strengths of the Indians especially when it comes to jobs in the technical and customer services. The confusion of the complicated grammar too is ultimately cleared and the language mastered by all but in the beginning, some students do find it difficult to understand the spellings and the phonetics. But this problem does not last long nearly everyone overcomes it in a short period. We can pinpoint the problem if we read the following excerpt I copied from the internet.
“Part of what makes English difficult to learn is that each letter in the alphabet can represent more than one sound. Plus, since the alphabet only has 26 letters yet represents 44 sounds, many English phonemes are represented by two or three letters working together to represent one sound”. Get confident and learn today.