As the image says, “English is Fun!” Yeah, it’s true. Although there are some difficulty or confusion while learning this subject, it’s still fun. I’m not saying it because it’s major or something but I’m saying it because that’s what I think to be true.
It’s hard to learn English. Although I’m an English major, I’m still not that good. According to one of my professors, “Even though you can speak English, it doesn’t mean that you’re good.” Many people think that way and I’m one of those but I didn’t say I’m good. I still have more to learn in English. Speaking of learn, I have this subject in my major (which I’m still enrolled in), helped me a lot.
Sharpen Language. From the word itself “sharpen”. My subject covered the verbs, adjectives, adverbs, subject-verb agreement, sentence, capitalization and punctuation. I’m surprised that even though I’ve already studied these since my elementary, I still have more things that I’ve learned.
First, in the verbs I’ve learned the right usage of the tenses of the verbs. Since I’ve learned about them, I become confused. There are 3 types of tenses: Past Tense, Present Tense and Future Tense. There are also types of perfect tenses: Past Perfect Tense, Present Perfect Tense and Future Perfect Tense. Last is the progressive tenses: Present Progressive, Past Progressive, Future Progressive, Present Perfect Progressive, Past Perfect Progressive, and Future Perfect Progressive Tense.
Wow! Confusing, isn’t it? At first, yeah it was confusing.But if you just focus yourself and open your mind, there’s no confusion; only learning. You might think that it will be easy, but honestly, it’s not. I’ve learned from that, but when it comes to application, I’m still confused. I don’t know why, but it’s true. It’s not that I’m a slow learner, it’s just that, there are things that pops-up in my mind which leads me to confusion. Doubts or double-minded, are the words I think. For example, I know how the right usage of those tenses, but when it comes to application, there are some hesitation like, “is this correct?”, “no, I think this one is correct.”, “I really think this is the one”. See? This what makes me confused. But if I’m just going to treat myself like that, then I will always be like that; which I have to change since I’m going to be a teacher soon and with that realization in mind, I do my very best to be better in English.
Adjectives and adverbs, huh? Hmm… It’s easy, though it’s kind of confusing. Why? Because there are words that you thought it is adverbs but rather it is adjectives or vise-versa. Well, I’m already used to it but I see to myself that the words I’m using (whether it is adjectives or adverbs) will not make the reader confounded.
Next up is sentence. I say, this is one if my favorite lessons in English. As we all know, Sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought or ideas. There are 2 parts of sentence: subject and predicate. Subject is the one being talked about while predicate tells something about the subject. There are 3 main types of sentence: Simple, Compound and Complex Sentence. There are 4 types of sentence: declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory. The 3 types of sentence is not difficult to understand. All you have to do is watch for the pattern. Be aware of your sentence. Most specially, construct your sentence in a way that you and your reader will be able understand. The 4 types of sentence is also easy to learn. Just look at their punctuation marks and you’ll be fine.
As shown in the image, subject and verb always agreed to each other. That’s why it’s called “subject-verb agreement”. Try to make a simple sentence. Observe your words: the noun, verbs or any parts of speech that you used. Listen to yourself as you read your sentence. How is it? Is it good? Is something? Is there something wrong on the way you construct it? If so, then your subject and verb is not agreeing on the way you used them. There many rules on this topic and all you have to do is understand it. You don’t need memorize it; just understand. In that way, you’ll be able to make your sentences comprehensible.
You know what? In this lesson, I’ve learned a lot. I learned how to use the punctuation correctly and when to use the capitalization. In Wattpad (website), it is where people make their own story and published it for the reader. I’m one of those writers. Actually, I’ve made a lot of chapters in my first book (which is not yet done), but unfortunately, nobody has been reading it since I’ve published it and keep on the updates. Anyway, that’s not case. What am I saying is that, as a writer, there are many things to consider: your words, construction of sentences, use of punctuation marks and the use of parts of speech. In my case, I’m having a little bit of problem in using the punctuation marks. There a lot of punctuation marks, yes, but I don’t know when and where to use them. Thanks to one of my classmates, who reported it, she was able to deliver it and made me understand the topic.
The last lesson that we had is about the types of letters: full block, semi block, semi-modified block, and modified block. The most commonly used among these is the full block where all of the indention is at the left side margin of the letter. Mostly it’s used in formal occasion like business, request, promissory, etc. As my professor said, there are only few people who uses letters for their target sender. It’s true because this world is surrounded by technologies. Because of technologies, there are now emails, text or chat. Letters are only used when you talk about business, request, permission, promissory, etc. But hey, now that we’ve made letter in each types, I already know what letter are usually used. Amazing, isn’t it?
Majoring English is surely not that easy. No, i think English itself was not that easy. There are many things to consider: choice of words, appropriate punctuation marks, correct structure of sentence and right usage of the parts of speech. I’m still not that good in English. You can grade me based on how you read my very first blog. I’m not being humble or letting myself down too much, but I’m just saying what I know is right. I maybe fluent in English, but I cannot speak that accurately. Speaking English fluently and accurately is two different things. I learned that by one of my professors. That’s why I’m trying my best to read and study more about English. Aside from the fact that I’m going to be a teacher soon, I want to enhance myself in speaking in English, so that I have more confidence and be able to talk to people, especially to the foreigners and to the professional people (if every I met some).
Oops! I’ve said so many things already. My professor instructed us to make a blog about our subject “Sharpen Language” and write the things the we learned from that subject. Looks like I wrote every topic that we had.
Oh well, I’ve learned a lot from all the topic that we had so I guess, it’s right to include them all. But seriously, I love the subject. The fact that I’ve learned a lot, it’s great. i may encounter some problems, but because of this subject, I can face them and answer with relief. I’m not a perfect person and I don’t want to be perfect so I think, it’s okay to make mistakes sometimes.