Good morning! A social networking site like Facebook is great as far as interacting with long lost friends go — meeting childhood friends, colleagues whom you had lost touch with, getting to know new and interesting people…

Undoubtedly, a great method of spreading awareness and building liaisons; however, just like a child should not be sent to school unless he or she is potty trained or else he or she dirties the whole place (apologies for using this simile, but it’s relevant), a novice (beginner) who has zero etiquette of communicating on the net must not venture out to interact unless he or she acquires proper skills of being on the net.

These greenhorns (novices) who suddenly feel all euphoric for having discovered something so novel are exactly like children who are not potty trained. Passing stupid comments on photographs, posting completely brainless stuff and strutting on other people’s posts, well, you can’t get more harebrained and infantile than that…

And fellows (the rookies [greenhorns]), please enrol for a course in basic English somewhere, it’ll do you good. You look quite tacky when in your pathetic English you address an issue and comment on various subjects.

A few topics of English that you should have a good knowledge of before you start interacting on social networking sites:
1. Articles
2. Parts of Speech: Mainly Prepositions and Verbs
3. Tenses
4. Subject-Verb agreement
5. Spellings
6. Pronunciation (if you’re interacting on webcam)
7. Accent neutralisation

Accent neutralisation is making a vernacular accent more globally understandable. In other words, accent neutralisation is reducing the accent of your mother tongue and making English more comprehensible, so that it can be understood at international level.

A few ways to neutralise your accent:
1. Become aware of the fact that you have mother tongue influence and need to do away with it.
2. Listen to a lot of English by watching movies and television. You can also listen to audio while driving and wherever you can.
3. Be very careful of vowel sounds, that is, a, e, i, o, u sounds.
4. Sing English songs out loud.
5. Recite English poems.
6. Watch news shows on channels like CNN and BBC.
7. Use websites like that aid pronunciation.
8. Use books on pronunciation. Better English Pronunciation by J D O’Connor is a good book for learning pronunciation; it is part of the Cambridge series.
9. Practise that which you have learnt.

You know you have to understand that being tech savvy is vital, what with even the political parties using the medium now. And it’s a great medium to interact with the larger audiences all at the same time. Which is why, knowledge of English becomes mandatory as the interaction on the social media happens in English. Thus, it becomes all the more important to get yourself acquainted with good English.

But until you’re sure of your expertise in English, refrain from saying too much. The lesser you say, the fewer mistakes you will make.
With this, I close for the day.
Keep smiling…

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