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Learning to Read and Write English

A concise objective, for learning to read and write English, could be to communicate with people. A more expansive or technical objective, could be to learn to recognize, pronounce and use all the basic English characters (constants & vowels), symbols and operators to create single words, that have meaning, for making statements; or to create mathematical numbers or expressions, that have value.

It’s important to understand language, including English, is about thinking and learning, so remember speaking and writing is thinking; and on the other side listening and reading is learning. So, by speaking and writing; and listening and reading, we think, and we learn. That’s what communication is all about. However, people put less emphasis on listening and reading, but those are two skills that can take you far and help you avoid many unfortunate situations.

While learning English, keep in mind, many characters, symbols and operators used in writing grammar are also used in writing mathematical expressions. Sometimes characters, symbols or operators will take on a new name and meaning, when used in grammar, as opposed to being used in mathematics. But the change of name and meaning is not limited, to grammar and math, also in many other sciences and professions, in their lexicon they define and give meaning to characters, symbols or operators, for their own use.

A preliminary objective, could be to learn the parts of a word and the special categories of words. Parts or syllables of a word include prefixes, root and suffixes. The special categories of words, the basic eight parts of speech include noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb, verb, preposition, interrogative, exclamation. In addition, it important to learning when to use and how to create phrases, clauses and sentence types, such as an interrogative, imperative, interjection, exclamation or declarative. Words, phrases and clauses in multiple combinations are used to create very short communications or much larger writings such as sentences, paragraphs, essays, etc.

In understanding writing it’s important to know how mathematics effect your grammar writing, thus allowing you to express measurements such as which one, how many, how much, size, more, less, time, count, multiply, split, join and remove. With the skills for creating meaningful words and grammatical expressions; and skills integrating mathematical concepts into grammar, when required, that’s the combination, for going on to write more complex and expounding essays and other forms, generally called ‘a writing’ or ‘work’, as a picture is called an art piece, likewise you should consider your writing an art piece.

Remember thinking is speaking and writing. When you do either, you are sharing your thoughts with others or yourself. I say “yourself”, because sometimes we don’t know all that’s ‘in our mind’ until we began to say it out or write it down (draft) and organize it into communication that can be understood by others—or our audience. Good writing or speaking skills demonstrate our thinking and it enhances our ability of self-expression—that is to speak or write what’s going on in our mind.

Usually, the first piece of serious writing a student face is writing that dreaded essay. But it’s not really that bad, if you follow a few steps. First, before starting an essay, determine the essay’s purpose. It will likely be to inform, to compare or contrast, to direct or command or to refute, persuade or argue for or against something. This is also called the essay’s type. Once the type of essay has been determined, next an idea approach is selected. The approach depends on the type writing you are doing. All approaches don’t fix all types of writing.

In the case of informative writing, in setting your approach, you could choose deductive reasoning (state your conclusion, then give details); or use inductive reasoning (state details, then give your conclusion). You could have multiple conclusions, with either method. In the case of deductive reasoning, you can create and use a strong opening syllogism or deductive enthymeme statement, to begin your writing, especially if your writing is to persuade.

Acquiring the knowledge, skills and abilities to write is just part of the writing process. The biggest task is finding something to write about. You can find it by, picking a subject or topic, then do thinking (brain storming) alone or with others, by researching, taking polls, observing, calculating, testing, etc., to find data about the subject, then organize your ideas or findings and write about them, to fulfill the purpose for which you are writing.
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