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Why Is English Important?

Our learning specialists and academic tutors provide 1:1 individualized tutoring in the English language for students of all ages.

 

 

The English language is the official language of 55 countries and spoken by an estimated two billion people across the globe. As the language of international communication, it is not surprising that English is the most common second language in the world.

 

But English language tutoring is not only for international learners who wish to improve their English skills. Having a good grasp of the English language is important even for native speakers.

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How Can English Mastery Improve Your Writing, Speaking, and Reading Comprehension Skills?

 

Effective and successful communication in the English language does not stop at being able to speak and understand the language. It also involves learning English grammar and its many complex rules, developing a robust vocabulary, and enhancing spelling skills.

 

Mastery of English grammar, vocabulary, and spelling helps you become a more effective writer and speaker. This means being able to express your thoughts and ideas—whether through speech or in writing—in a clearer, more concise way.

 

It also helps students improve their English language reading comprehension skills. They learn to break down complex sentences and use context clues to understand unfamiliar words. Even for native English speakers, these skills need to be explicitly taught and practiced to become proficient communicators.

 

 

 

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Do You Have Difficulties and Problems in Learning English?

What Is Grammar?

 

When we hear the term grammar, we think of subject-verb agreements, tenses, and other language rules that we follow to form clear and coherent sentences. In linguistics, grammar is defined as the rules and constraints of a language that encompass sounds, words, clauses, phrases, sentences, and their combinations and interpretations. It also includes language domains, such as phonology, morphology, syntax, phonetics, semantics, and pragmatics.

 

 

What Is Vocabulary?

 

The English language has a massive vocabulary. A 2010 study conducted by Harvard University and Google estimated over one million total words in the English language, which is expected to grow by a few thousand each year. While it may be difficult to wrap our heads around such a large number, it’s important to remember that this also includes different variations of the same word, obsolete or archaic words, loan words, slangs, and colloquialisms, among others.

 

The Oxford English Dictionary lists over 170,000 English words that are currently used, and on average, a fluent or native English speaker uses anywhere between 20,000 to 30,000 words.

 

Undoubtedly, the English language’s vast vocabulary can be quite challenging for both native and non-native speakers. Even more so when you take into consideration the different types of verbs and its variations, spelling rules, and the many unique definitions that a single word can have.

 

 

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What Are Slangs and Colloquialisms?

 

Aside from its extensive vocabulary and complex grammar rules, the English language is also peppered with slang words and colloquialisms that often lead to confusion for anyone who is not familiar with them. In school, English language instruction is focused on grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and sentence construction, among other things, and emphasis is not always given to English slang words, jargon, or colloquialisms used in everyday or casual conversations.

 

Colloquialisms refer to the informal use of language in everyday or casual conversation. It is informal in diction and style of expression. When a speaker is having a relaxed conversation with friends or family, they typically use colloquialisms to convey their message. It is also geographic in nature, which means colloquialisms are often unique to certain places or regions and can generally be understood by speakers belonging to the same area. Some examples of colloquialisms in English are “hafta” for “have to” and “lemme” for “let me” and expression such as “Go bananas!” or “Eat my dust!”

 

Slangs, on the other hand, are words that are given a new or different meaning that make their way into everyday conversations (such as “kicks” for shoes, “threads” for clothes, and “gig” for a job or work). It is often spoken by a specific group of people, such as teenagers. The English language is teeming with slangs that also evolve over time, with new words springing up every now and then. Needless to say, slangs can be particularly confusing for English learners and can be tricky to keep up with even for native English speakers.

 

 

What Is Pronunciation?

 

Words are made up of phonetic sounds, and the way we make the sound of words is called pronunciation. We pronounce words by pushing air from our lungs, moving up the throat and vocal chords, until it reaches the mouth and passes the tongue, teeth, lips, and in other times, the nose.

 

The way we move our tongue, lips, and the muscles of our mouth to regulate the flow of air and control the shape of our mouth is how we change the sounds that we produce. The better we control the flow of air and shape of our mouth, the clearer and more understandable our words and pronunciation become. Aside from creating the right vowel and consonant sounds, pronunciation also includes word and sentence stress, linking words together, and intonation.

 

Learning how to pronounce English words can be particularly difficult even for native speakers. One reason for this is the abundance of English words with silent letters and the different pronunciation rules (such as how to pronounce “c” when followed by “e” or “a”). It is even more challenging for learners whose primary language is not English because certain phonetic sounds in the English language may not exist in their mother tongue.

 

 

 

What Are the Variations in English?

 

Variations in English can refer to the use of formal versus informal language and the difference between spoken and written language. For English learners, it is not only important to have good command of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation but also to know when to use the right language or words in different scenarios and contexts. This can be challenging for non-English speakers who may not be familiar with distinguishing between formal and informal language (such as using slangs or colloquialisms during job interviews or writing cover letters).

 

In the case of spoken and written language, some students may find writing difficult as some words are spelled differently than they are pronounced. This is why we sometimes find learners who write words phonetically.

 

 

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Themba Tutors’ English Tutors

 

We believe that in order for a student to reach his/her full potential, we need to give them the highest quality of support that they can get. Themba Tutors’ English tutors do this by:

 

  • Identifying and activating student strengths
  • Building on existing skills and knowledge
  • Situating learning in students’ lives
  • Acknowledging the impact of culture
  • Assessing growth in every learning experience
  • Providing tools for learning 
  • Making learning fun
  • Customizing tutoring lessons for every grade and skill level

 

If you are looking for the best private online or in-home English tutor for your child, you’ve come to the right place. Themba Tutors has highly qualified and experienced English tutors to help solve your child’s reading and writing problems. Our English tutors provide lessons seven days a week, all year long. Our English tutors help you build a broad foundation of English skills and will give you lifelong success.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you define English?
  • The language of the people of England and the U.S. and many areas now or formerly under British control.
  • A particular variety of English distinguished by peculiarities (as of pronunciation)
  • English language, literature, or composition when a subject of study.

Why English is important in our life?

With close to 1.5 billion speakers around the world, it’s safe to say that English is the language of international communication, whether in politics, science, media and entertainment, the arts, and socialization. English mastery also allows individuals to become effective communicators in school, at work, and in their personal lives.

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At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills. 

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