Many of us would have had this experience of having a college education and entering one of these professions that revolve around writing or editing—and then realizing that we're absolutely not ready to handle our work with confidence! This course, Essentials of Written English, addresses that fundamental issue, as it helps you to become ready to take up a career in writing or editing.
I can tell you that I've been there, facing all the problems that people generally face. But one good thing in me was that I had an innate urge to document any problem I faced, anything that I struggled with, anything that took me a longer time to learn, grasp, or apply. That coupled with the fact that I had to lead a team quite early in my life forced me to evolve my own methods of teaching editing.
Over the years I evolved a fairly robust method of teaching, backed up by some good books that I'd read, and this in turn followed by many years of testing in the battlefield of life. About 23 years of effort have gone into building this course, which I believe will eliminate all the pains that I went through and also cut short your own learning time to a great extent.
What else is special about this course?
The next wonderful thing is that the rules are arranged in such a way that each rule leads to the next.
This in turn can bring in a whole lot of possibilities. Let's look at a few sentences:
I want food.
I want to sleep.
I slept on the couch.
I slept on the couch till 3 am.
I slept on the couch till 3 am, when I woke up and realized that I'd been in a strange, eerie world.
No matter what we add into a sentence, it must always satisfy one important condition: that it always represents one complete unit of thought.
This definition of a sentence is important as it is the basis of all that we're going to learn. Our thinking process is fragmentary in nature, and therefore constantly at loggerheads with this definition of a sentence. We don't use sentences to think; we think in a fragmented way. In fact, there can be three levels of fragmentary thinking, all of which can adversely affect our comprehension of a sentence. It is against this definition of a sentence that we're going to constantly check everything that we're going to write.
Now, let's take it further:
Now let's see what happens when we move beyond a sentence. . . .
All these lead us to discussions on the semicolon, colon, and the dash.
We then move on to elegance of expression, where we introduce the principle of parallelism and the concept of using the most minimal words to convey what we want to convey.
So you see how these rules are all connected, and within this progressive journey, we still cover 200 principles of writing!
Overall, the course will help you to become quite confident with your basic language skills, help you to do things much better than most people, and thereby earn more.
This is not all. We also have some intermediate and advanced courses in editing, all of which are based entirely on this course, which is why we call it as Essentials of Written English.
So, press the blue button below which says "I want to take this course!" (See link below the video or down below, or the button on the sidebar if reading this on the website.) You will be asked to choose 1 of 4 options. Go through each of the options and choose the one that suits you.
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Thanks for watching! Look forward to seeing you in the course!