Benefits of Reading by Dharmendra Sheth

Reading leads to success and happiness. Period. But how? First of all, reading widens your mental (what many call intellectual) horizons. The more you read, the more information you pick up about the world and everything in it. This leads to a solid core of knowledge that is useful to you in a wide variety of real-life situations.       Secondly, reading expands your word power or your store of vocabulary. And having more words at your command means greater ability to deal with and express more thoughts and clearer ideas. This enhanced ability greatly augments your chances of success in your field of work. No other activity builds your vocabulary and comprehension skills as effectively as reading.      Thirdly, reading shows you how different writers present their thoughts, facts, logic, emotions, arguments, humour, etc., which, if you imbibe their techniques, will hone your own writing skills. Moreover, when you read important and serious works in different spheres of knowledge, you gain skills in dealing with complex ideas.       Fourthly, research shows that avid readers can comprehend others’ situations and attitude better. If you are a voracious reader, you acquire the ability to separate essential from nonessential …

Say not the struggle naught availeth by Arthur Hugh Clough

Hi everyone, This morning I recorded one of my favourite poems “Say not the struggle naught availeth” by Arthur Hugh Clough. I read it (and often aloud) when I feel down in the dumps… when I feel I haven’t got what I deserve… my efforts aren’t aptly rewarded… or I suffer for no faults of mine. Well, I hope you never have to go through such trying times, but in case you do, please remember this poem and it will boost your morale and lift your spirits. Click this link to watch the video. Best wishes.

You live and learn…

Hi everyone, Here’s just a quick note. We live and learn. Of course, you will agree with me. Well, we usually don’t (actually can’t) learn everything of anything. For instance, I have been using MS Word for decades. But in the last two days, I have come to know about so many features and tricks of the trade that I hadn’t used earlier. The same is true of this platform Blogger. If you remember the appearance my blog yesterday, you can compare it with today’s. There’s a world of difference, you will say. And I agree with you. By the way, I have created a few websites earlier using WordPress, so you can expect frequent additions to this blog as well. Though Blogger doesn’t seem to have as many add-ons (gadgets) as the WordPress (widgets) has. I will do my best to keep this blog as user-friendly as possible. This is just the beginning. Happy reading!

World Teachers’ Day (5 October, 2018)

World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. It aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching. This is what Wikipedia says. Well, such days give us teachers a chance to look back at what we have been doing and to critically analyse our performance. I am doing so now. If there is anything significant, I’ll write a post about it–not necessarily immediately. By the way, have you read my blog on Seven Essentials of Effective Teaching? Click this link to read it.  Happy Learning, Happy Teaching! x

To be or not to be

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, here’s my first attempt at recording ‘To be, or not to be’, the famous soliloquy by Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Click this link to listen to it. In case you want the audio file via WhatsApp, please send me a message on 9825442418. I look forward to your comments and suggestions. To be, or not to be To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep No more; and by a sleep, to say we end the heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks that Flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep, To sleep, perchance to Dream; aye, there’s the rub, for in that sleep of death, what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause. There’s the respect that makes Calamity of so long life: For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of time, the Oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s Contumely,  …

To write or not to write

A confession–I have often made a vow that I would write REGULARLY to hone my writing skills. But it turned out to be like Mark Twain’s famous quote:  ‘Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.’ Well, though I couldn’t write regularly on public platforms, I do write a lot of emails, articles, essays and so on for my personal and professional needs. On the basis of my recent readings of books and interactions with people, I have realised that one of the keys to perennial happiness is ‘do it now if it is worth doing’. So here I am with a new blog post.  By the way, I have just finished writing a poem which I intend to share with you after a couple of days. There are still a few loose ends to be tied up. I am also planning to record Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy ‘To be or not to be’. Till then, goodbye and have a great time. Best wishes, Dharmendra. PS. Please do respond to any of my posts/views whenever you feel like.

Effective English

Not being able to speak clearly in English may have to do with wrong habits, improper guidance or lack of exposure to the target language and its culture.  Solution?  Visit Fluentlingua and join a course that meets your requirements. Happy Learning, Happy Sharing!

Learn to speak 100 commonly mispronounced words in English

Hello English language learner, adjacent, bury, colleague, cuisine, dais, gigantic, personnel, résumé Are you confident about the pronunciation of these words? If yes, congratulate yourself. If not, click this link to watch the video and learn 100 commonly mispronounced words in English. If you like the video, please give a comment and share it with others. And do please subscribe to my channel. Best wishes, Dharmendra