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Re: Theos-World Re: Maillist Improving Writing Skills

Oct 23, 2008 08:50 AM
by MKR

Years ago, I worked with a colleague, who was from India, but educated in
the US and later spent some years in Poland as a Visiting Professor. When I
saw some of the technical writing of the Polish counterparts, I commented
about how precise their selection of appropriate vocabulary and my colleague
commented that some times when English is a second language, your writing
tends to be better than a native born's writing. I once taught college level
courses and have seen extremely poor writing skills of many native students.
It is very interesting to observe these things. By the way, most politicians
in this country, have professional speech writers and politicians just read
them on a teleprompter. Ask them to deliver an impromptu speech, you will
see their real lecturing capability.


On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 9:46 AM, Anton Rozman <>wrote:

>   Hi Ramadoss,
> From my own experience a major break through happens when one ceases
> to translate from mother language and begins to think in English.
> Sometimes, when I translate into Slovenian, I have a feeling, after
> the work is done, that it was somebody else who has written those
> words. Now sometimes this feeling is present also when I write in
> English. So, maybe there is really some help present; but I would
> anyway welcome a person who would help me with editing and improve my
> texts.
> When Slovenian fellow theosophists were scrutinizing my translations
> they came to conclusion that there were at least two persons who
> worked on them or that it is quite impossible that there were
> accomplished by me. Well, what can one say to such assumptions?
> Really nothing, just go on working.
> Warmest regards,
> Anton
> --- In <>, MKR
> <mkr777@...> wrote:
> >
> > More you practice, better you become at it.
> >
> > While reviewing some of the message traffic from some of our regular
> > participants over time, I am happy to find the writing style has
> > signficiantly improved. I am sure many of you may have already
> noticed it.
> >
> > I am not an english teacher so someone who is, may be able to say
> more on
> > this. Usually, the improvement is gradual, like muscle building,
> and takes
> > time. What is amazing is the sudden improvemnt in some cases,
> unless someone
> > else is helping or editing the writing.
> >
> > In any case, let us post more messages and keep all of us busy.
> >
> > mkr
> >
> >
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >

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