One of the problems with not learning English as a second language is that I don’t get to truly learn and appreciate the nuances in grammar between it and the national language (Malay). I didn’t pay much attention in school when learning about grammar since I found it easy to comprehend. However, over the past seven weeks, this course has reopened my eyes and shown me what I had missed out all along.
Because English is my first language, I discovered that I’ve been applying all these rules unconsciously. Sure, I slip up every now and then, but by taking this course I have discovered how and what I should to do avoid such mistakes in the future. I still can’t recite the rules of what or how and when to use certain words, but I do know when a sentence is wrong and how I can fix it.
I’ve got a long way to go before I would even call myself a qualified writer. I know that English is the language I use best (it’s pretty much the only language I use) but I still don’t consider myself great at it.
We’ve only got one week left to this course and I still have a lot left to learn. I’ll continue to do so by practicing writing and taking up more courses. In fact, I’ve just signed up for How to Write an Essay which started this week. Hopefully my readers and I will be able to see improvements in my writing in the coming months!
Nanowrimo is also coming up soon, and I thinking about joining it again this year. I still have yet to edit my first novel which I wrote last year. Part of me feels like just publishing the unfinished draft online, while another part of me thinks I should be a responsible person and edit it before pushing it to the masses.
Regardless, I’m still going to continue blogging five times a week for the foreseeable future.
PS After rereading my previous post on this subject, I realized that I pretty much repeated the same points in the post. I guess it’s something I should work on as well – repeat myself less!
Written for my Write101 assignment.