Speak English with Me

Hi, there! You must always speak with confidence, whether you are speaking in English, Hindi or any other language. Obviously, when you are not very conversant with a particular language, you will find it difficult to muster up the courage to speak, but so what?

You do make mistakes when speaking in your mother tongue, don’t you? Despite the mistakes, you speak with confidence, similarly, when speaking in English, you must speak with confidence.

So, how do you gather the courage to speak with confidence? Well, by practicing. The more you practice, the more confident you will become. So, practice in front of a mirror, watch yourself and see how you look while talking; criticize yourself if you have to and then correct yourself.

You must understand that this is necessary. Wherever you go, you will feel the necessity of English skills. Join a corporate house and you will realize that just about every meeting is conducted in English. And if you don’t practice to speak in English, you will end up not being able to express yourself and will eventually fade (disappear) behind those who speak.

Alright, today, we shall learn some interjections or words that express emotions. Do you remember learning the eight parts of speech in English classes when you were in school? And do you remember what that eighth part of speech was? No doubt you at least vaguely (unclearly) recall nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, and conjunctions, but do you remember the eighth part? Well, it was none other than interjection.

An interjection is an exclamatory or parenthetical word, often appearing at the beginning of a sentence or clause, and having little or no grammatical connection to the rest of the sentence.

Examples Hey! Get off that floor! Oh, that is a surprise. Good! Now we can move on. Jeepers, that was close. Yes and No

Introductory expressions such as yes, no, indeed and well are also classed as interjections.

Examples Indeed, this is not the first time the stand has collapsed. Yes, I do intend to cover the bet. Well, it’s 1 a.m. Better go home and spend some quality time with the kids. (Homer Simpson) Phew!

Some interjections are sounds.

Examples Phew! I am not trying that again. Humph! I knew that last week. Mm mm, my compliments to the chef. Ah! Don’t say you agree with me. When people agree with me, I always feel that I must be wrong. (Oscar Wilde) Ugh! The tea is horrible. Aww! It’s such a cute dog. Duh! How could I make such a stupid mistake? Eek! I saw a cockroach just now. Geez! How come you came unannounced? Oops! I forgot to bring back your book. Whoa! What’s the big deal, calm down. Wow! That’s what I call a beautiful picture. Yippee! We are going to US, at last. Yay! I passed the exam.

Some other interjections are Fie, good, goodness, gosh, great, hah, hello, here, hey, ho, hmm, huh, humph, hurrah, hush, indeed, lo, now, oh, ouch, pshaw, so, there, tush, tut, ugh, well, what, whoopee, whoops, why, um

Interjections can add spice (excitement, zing) to your speech or writing. But it is a fairly heavy spice, which means that they should be used sparingly (carefully, in little quantity), so try not to over- use them. As in speech, excessive use of interjections in writing is a stylistic tic that marks one’s style as strained and immature.

With this, I wind up for the day.

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