The importance of reading English newspapers to improve your vocabulary
India is the largest democracy in the world. With more than hundred crore population, the fraction of people who speak English is far less than other languages spoken in the country like Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. India should easily be the most significant nation outside English speaking nations like the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand. People from the urban centres speak English, and now even rural hinterlands have English medium schools mushrooming like never before. As English has become the business language of the world, its importance is gaining ground. An even larger country like China, a lot of emphases is laid on learning English as our neighbouring country wants to dominate the global space.
Although convent education children speak fluent English, unless they improve their vocabulary skills, they won’t make any progress. Reading English newspapers is a must to improve your vocabulary.
In the south of India, there are many English newspapers and famous among them are The Hindu, The New Indian Express, and Times of India, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Bangalore Mirror, DNA and others. Up North, you have Hindusthan Times and other newspapers. Similarly, you have good English dailies across the country. The Hindu is quite tedious. Reading the Editorial columns and opinion pages are a must to improve your vocabulary. The skill of an educated and well-read person will always land up in a top-notch job. If you develop your vocabulary skills, you will automatically feel confident. Participating in school and college debates will help you to overcome stage fright and speak confidently. Watching BBC World will do a world of good regarding improving your vocabulary as well as accent. Also watching other English television channels of various countries like the US, Australia etc., will give you a clear perspective of the kind of accent they speak. Watching English movies will also help you grasp the nuances of the English language. Proper foundation on grammar, intonation, diction, articulation and usage are essential.
There are many convent educated children who can’t understand many words with a negative connotation like wishful thinking and double whammy and they use it in a positive context. As Francis Bacon in his Essay of Studies says, “Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them; for they teach not their use; but that is wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.” In the same Essay, he writes, “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.” These are literary gems by the Elizabethan writer. Let us take the cue from Francis Bacon and develop the reading habit and improve our vocabulary so that we stand with our head high in speaking the Queen’s language better than an average native speaker in London or Sydney or Washington.