10 common mistakes most English learners make!
English in India is both, a necessity and a vanity (Read: Show off).
More often than not, in the day-to-day life, we Indians use English to look cool and portray ourselves as a grade above.
The professional environment today demands the skills of written and spoken English. To bridge this gap, we have found our very own 'Desi' way to amalgamate English and Native phrases.Let us see the top ten common mistakes Indians make and the ways to correct them.1) Ending with phrases as - Ok na? Ha? Right na?Incorrect:
You are going na?
Will you do this, ha?Correct:
You are going.
Will you do this?2) Like this, Like that, Like that only.
We Indians have a way of doing things 'Aise hi', but when we incorporate this in spoken English, it's a disaster.Example:
We do like this only.
I was like this...and then it was like that.
He said like this only.The right thing to say in such situations would be something as:
We do it in such a manner. He said that…. following which
Phrases such as – following which, in such a manner, apart from it.3) Slang/Short form language Example:
We are gonna
be a singer.
Words such as wanna, gonna, bro, sista, wassup
may make you sound upbeat, but are NOT WELCOME
in the professional environment.Correct:
When you are tempted to say gonna, remind yourself that you mean “going to”. Wassup should be replace with “What are you up to?”.4) Introduction - The Indian WayExample:
Hi, Myself Amar. I come here in study.Correct:
Hi, I am Amar. Or
My name is Amar. I come here to
Or say, I come here for studies
Himself is Aman, my bro.Correct:
He is Aman. He is my brother.5) Not using 'is', 'am', 'are' where required Example:
They coming to the movie.
You going or not?Correct:
coming to the movie.
going or not?6) Desi Spellings Example:
Why are you wearing blue genes
Why are you wearing blue jeans
One cannot just wear genes
over his legs and roam around!
7) Commonly Misused Words Accept/ Except/ ExpectExample:
I accept your invitation. Incorrect:
I except your invitation.
Expect- Look forward to There/ Their/ They're
Their – denotes possession
There – denotes place
They're – contracted form of “They are”Example:
It is there
It is their
birthright.8) Real Vs. Cousin Example:
She is my real
sister. He is my real
There is no concept as 'real' or 'unreal' sister, brother, aunt, uncle mother, father. Sister is sister, not real or unreal.
If not blood related, the word cousin
is used - Cousin sister, cousin brother is wrong. Just say, "He/She is my cousin." 9) Misusing Yesterday/Tomorrow, He/She, His/Her Example:
I will go there yesterday.Correct:
I will go there tomorrow
This is pen of she. This pen is of hers.Correct:
This is her
pen.10) Years Back/ Years AgoExample:
The class started 20 minutes back.Correct:
The class had started 20 minutes ago.
It would be proper to use ago, when time is specific
, otherwise, back. Example:
Hundred years ago
A few years backBonus:
Same applies for Mother-in-law and Father-in-law.
(On a fun note - Unless you wish to invite more trouble in your life, stick with Mother-in-law NOTMothers
Be aware and try not to make these mistakes.