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How I Tamed English Language

Updated on January 30, 2018
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Literature is a passion for Sunilkunnoth. He also loves writing blogs, enjoying music and a frequent traveller.

Winners never quit;   Quitters never win!
Winners never quit; Quitters never win!


Here is my story on how I improved my English. This story will tell my fascination for the language, my tips to improve and perfect my language skill.

I am from Kerala, a small state in South India, where our mother tongue is Malayalam. It is the only state in India having achieved 100% literacy. To start with my story, I must say that I was never a bright student. Always an average one. Even today the case is not different. Laziness is the main culprit! My interests were scattered around many subjects except study during my school days. I did badly up to my graduation. I got a Degree in Commerce (B Com) with 2nd class. That was my ever best performance! I am sure that had I been more serious in studying, I could have got more marks and degrees. But I did not.

And coming back to those Pre-Degree days, it is English period. The smart and handsome teacher arrived. Soon we were given an exercise. It was simple- write an essay on "My City". But it was a tough exercise for the poor students like me who had their education in Malayalam until high school class. Seeing the surprise in our eyes, the teacher once again shouted: I say you write in English whatever you feel about your city. With a fearful mind, I started writing thus: My city is Calicut. I live here. I love my city. It stopped there. I had nothing more to write on. My pen did stop there though the mind didn't. I had plenty of ideas but all were in Malayalam, my mother tongue. I was unable to express my ideas in English. Though points were flowing and floating through the mind, I did not have the capacity to translate them into English. For me, the process, what we call 'translation', was a Herculean task! Painfully I closed my book. I was crying inside me without shedding tears!

The fact that I could not write a few lines in English was haunting me the whole day and night. It did upset me. I was cursing my parents for the first time for not sending me to an English medium school! I was sure that had I been sent to an English medium school I could have done better. Then some positive thoughts flashed in my mind. I too must do well in English. I must be able to write and speak well. Fluency must be there and so do confidence too when it comes to English. The rest was a war. Yes, a total war to learn the language! Here I narrate my game plan to learn the English language.


  • What I did to improve?

I spent hours with dictionaries. Also tried to collect whatever study materials and from wherever available. Kept on reading more and more books. The focus was later fixed on reading English magazine. My fight was still continuing. I listened to English news of All India Radio and 'Doordarshan' (Official TV of Govt. of India). I sat before TV for hours if some English programs appear on it. Debates, talks, dialogs, interviews all devotionally followed.

Slowly I improved. Yet not satisfied. No, no, you have still miles to go- my mind told me. I again intensified my efforts. I started writing Diary in English. First, it was a tough task to note down our daily journal in English (of course for a non-English speaking man!). I struggled to record it to my satisfaction. As the saying proclaims 'Each dog has a day', I too was finally (though slowly) catching up. My confidence level was increasing. Soon happened some wonders. I too began writing good English thanks to my hard work. My letters also started to appear in English dailies! And that too in boxed columns!! What does it mean? It simply means mine is worth for publication!

  • Reading Improves Vocabulary

The more vocabulary we have, the better grip we have on a language. I have intentionally done some hard work to build my vocabulary. I spent many hours in the library and had been a regular visitor there. As our library had a good collection of periodicals, dailies, and plenty of reading materials in English, a visit to this library was a cheerful experience for me. The Sun, Competition Success Review, The Week, India Today, Alive, Women's Era, Femina, and Outlook were just some of the magazines I enjoyed reading. Though the frequency of my visit is dwindling, I am still a visitor here.

  • A Professional Book

'An Art of Letter Writing in English' by P.V. Ravindran (a book to help you make good correspondence in stylish English) played a helping role in boosting my writing skill. His style was superb, and it had a magical impact on me like it had on thousands of other Malayalees.

  • Texting on the Internet

Yes, chatting with many known and unknown netizens through Yahoo Messenger played its wonders on me. I was so crazed with chatting on the internet from 2000 to2004. Since the medium of the language of the internet is English, naturally I improved from engaging in this activity.

  • Reading Fictions

The fictions help you in many ways whereas the non-fiction helps with grammar, punctuation, organization, and good knowledge, reading fiction expresses ideas poetically. I take fiction seriously since enrolling at HubPages because I wish to express my feelings in an ornamental way.

Before winding this story, I must register my thanks to one soul, who ignited the power in me for English learning. She was my first love! She deserves full credit for my improvement in the language. She was brilliant and a Science graduate. One lucky day I got a letter from her. It was the ever first love letter addressed to me and that too in beautiful English. I rushed to my privacy. My heart was beating. With a kind of feelings hitherto I never experienced, I started reading her lines. Like her handwriting, the sentence too was charming. Some good advice plus a tiny dose of sincere love.....that was what seen and reflected in her lines.

I still cherish those golden moments with the girl though we are separated from each other years back. Having read the lines, I said to myself: Baby, one day I too will write this way (as you have done) so elegantly! It was a confidence setter for me. And sure it is DONE! This detailed story certifies my above claim! Doesn't it?

I need to express my sincere thanks to one more chap who also influenced and helped me in learning English greatly. But unfortunately, that is a chapter ending on a tragic track. I have done that story on my hub titled "My Loving English Teacher". If you love to hear that story, please read that hub also. I will be thankful if you leave your comments here on this post, which will help me to give you more tips and tricks to help you more.

© 2012 Sunil Kumar Kunnoth

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    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Sunardi, you have a great passion and spirit in you to learn and master the English language. So half the work is done and the rest is your consistent efforts like reading, writing and listening. Keep on writing you diary in English. Also, I wish to request you to read some great Self Help Books like You can Win by Shiv Khera or some other great works of Dale Canegie or Robin Sharma as they are great motivators the world has ever seen. Since you are residing in a country where English usage is very limited, you need to ensure maximum usage of the language. Make sure you read an English Daily every morning and listen some good English programs in Radio and TV. Best of luck. Thank you for visiting my hub and leaving some comments. Please note: WINNERS NEVER QUIT and QUITTERS NEVER WIN!

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      Sunardi 

      4 years ago from Indonesia

      I started writing poems and short stories use English. I like writing narrative poems, I like telling story poetically. But I am not able yet to tell story poetically in English. I hope later. Now I write everything in English.

      Good story, Mate.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      5 years ago from New Delhi , India

      When I read this beautiful hub and the fine language used by you, there remains no doubts in my mind that given right direction and encouragement, one can master any language despite odds. Very inspiring and interesting as well. Really enjoyed immensely. Sunil, you are really a wonder guy !

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      golpo 

      5 years ago

      Thank You sir, Thanks for your support.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Best of luck dear. Try, try to try. You will surely succeed. My full assistance is assured you. I may also remind you that Winners never quit and Quitters never win. So put your best efforts and achieve your set goals.

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      golpo 

      5 years ago

      That is a very nice success story sir. I also suffering the same problem. I hope i can follow the footsteps laid by you. Actually I have been searching for several month for that article only. A story of an Indian who mastered in English which is comparable with native speakers of english. A thank from deep inside my heart for such great Hub Page.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Dear

      Thank you for your nice comments.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thank you Itlearning for your kind coments.

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      Taleb AlDris 

      5 years ago

      It is a nice success story, thanks for sharing.

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thanks for your comments. My aim was to provide some motivation to those who struggle with language. So the more the response, more the pleasure for me personally. I wish all people, especially from the non-english speaking region, who wish to master English read this article and get motivated.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      It is nice to see that you had a good response to this one!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      6 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi wetnosedogs,

      Thanks for your nice comments.

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      wetnosedogs 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      I enjoyed this. I always find it fascinating that people can speak and write two languages. It seems a very hard task, but you certainly succeeded.

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      atheena 

      6 years ago

      i liked your article

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      6 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Giri,

      Nice to note your comments. Keep in mind the title given in my article under a photo: The quitters never Win! Don't lose hope and try a few hours a week for English. You too can master it. Sure you will become the Winner and u must know well that: Winners never quit!

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      Giri Thadathil 

      6 years ago

      Hi Sir

      It is very interested your willness to try for the knoledge in english. iam very poor in the transaction of english language. I always thougt how to improve my knoledge in english language, but Ican't spent my time with books or dictionaries due to lazy. So I like the story.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      6 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for your compliments. I will write more and publish in the coming days.

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      julie 

      6 years ago

      Thanks to that girl and that english sir who made u to mould urself to this level.!Be confident,keep on writing now and then,Don't wait for an occasion to write,let ur imagination fly at least for half an hour to write a few lines,what the subject is.HATS OFF,for the great success u achieved! It is not an easy task to tame a language.ALL. THE. BEST!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      6 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Hi Friend,

      Thank you very much for your comments and appreciation. I shall try to write more in future.

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      ltlearning 

      6 years ago from Argentina

      Great story, a real testimonial of a hard worker language learner, thanks for sharing!

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