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“She will fell ill”…(fall)

“Don’t you want to bore kids?”…(bear)

“How did you ended up at home?”…(end)

“You have all the qualities a man sought“…(seeks)

“You are the only one that don’t want it”…(doesn’t)

These are some (in fact, a few) of the sentences I am daily confronted with, especially, through Naija home videos( I know, it’s not a must to see them, yeah?)…some of our artistes need to be sent to “English for beginners classes”, honestly!…that’s not to say they are all bad though..thank God for artistes like Joke Silva, Yemi Blaq and Bimbo Akintola…

I know that English language is not our native/mother tongue, but it is our lingua franca, and most, if not all of us (Nigerians, that is) were brought up speaking English…at least at school…So, how someone would spend 6 years in Primary school (apart from people like me who only spent 4 years…lol), another 6 years in Secondary school, and 4 – 6 years in a University or other higher institution, and still spoke (speak) such terrible English, I doesn’t (don’t) know…

I’m sorry, but, good spoken english was one of my major criteria for choice of a life partner…thank God for sending me hubby…

Who to Blame…

Maybe we should blame our teachers…they probably didn’t teach us the rudiments of sentence construction…but then, maybe if their salaries were paid as and when due, and their welfare given top priority by the Government, they would in turn take their jobs and responsibilities more seriously, right?

Or maybe we should blame our parents…for insisting that we speak our native languages at home (mine were quite the opposite actually) and leave the English language for school…but then, they were only trying to ensure that we never forget our roots, right?

Maybe we should blame our friends…those who were priviledged to attend better schools, or those who travelled out of the country regularly, and had a much better grasp of the English language…for failing to correct us when we “shelled”…but then, maybe they just didn’t want to hurt our feelings, right?

Well, I don’t believe in playing the blame game…it’s high time we all took responsibility for our lives and actions, including our speech…enough of those sentences that send people diving for cover…everybody bend down for the arrow…lol.

Useful tips…

Read more books, novels in particular…look up every new or unfamiliar word in the dictionary…ask your close friends to lovingly correct you whenever you make an incorrect sentence…surround yourself with people who have a good (or better) grasp of the English Language…

Also, I have noticed that a lot of the time, we misspell words…for example, I often write beleive instead of believe (I know, they look alike, yeah?)…thankfully, I came across (not accross) this list of 100 most often misspelled words…I hope it helps…

http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/misspelled.html


Do you know any other ways of improving one’s grammar? Please do share with us…

Cheers!

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I thank God I’m not poor, I believe I’m better off than Middle class, a friend refered to me as “rich” today, while chatting…but I’ll rather be flourishing…

According to G.O (Pastor E.A Adeboye ), “rich” doesn’t cut it…”wealthy” is not enough…”flourishing” is the state that every child of God should aspire to be at…

Thinking about the word “flourishing” today, I decided to get a better understanding of the word…so, I consulted the dictionary. My research produced the following dictionary definitions for “flourishing”;

  • to grow well or luxuriantly; to thrive
  • growing vigorously; thriving; prosperous

  • to do or fare well; to prosper

  • to be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence

Waoh! I particularly love the last definition…I would rather be “in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence”, than be just “rich”.

On another level, I miss hubby…one of the perks of his job is frequent international travel…I don’t complain because it’s a priviledge not everyone gets, plus its usually only for a week at a time.

You need to have heard my “heenn?” (i.e. whaaat?) when he told me he was going to be away for 3 weeks (though within the country). Three weeks? Ha! I’ll go with you oh…I started grumbling. Then he said “haba! do you honestly believe I’ld be in this country, and not see you for 3 weeks? of course I’ll be home at weekends”…hmmm…my mind settled…its day 3 of week 1, and I miss him sore…

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