A report in 2015, links education in English and the scope of employment opportunities, says that the people who speak English fluently earn around 35% more when compared to non-English speakers. India is a hub for IT employees but the recent study done by Aspiring Minds found that 97% of Indian engineers cannot speak English, which is one of the essential needs for working in any IT firm. In fact, 67% of all engineers do not hold any English language skills (reading, speaking, comprehension), which are required in IT, software, business consulting, and other knowledge economy jobs.
In Ekkaduthangal, where taxi aggregators such as Uber and Ola advertise to recruit drivers rather than passengers, and the narrow, airless one-room sets are rented by pizza delivery boys, receptionists, security guards, maids and fitness instructors, the vibrant language market is built on sound business sense.
Yet, the language is absent at the school where Deepa Mudaliar is in her final year of study. While every child is taught English from a young age, it never seems to stick. Part of the problem may be that the curriculum emphasizes reading and writing at the cost of speaking: “More than anything, our children want to speak English,” said Bharati Iyer, Deepa’s English teacher at school.
But it takes years before most students are able to utter their first hesitant sentence, by which time many are convinced they will never learn the language.
“If we began by focusing on speech, it would boost their confidence,” she said, “They won’t see it as a subject they have to pass, but as something that can prepare them for life beyond Ekkaduthangal.” While learning English, people would often find themselves hit a steep curve and progress seems to slow down, once they have enhanced their vocabulary. A critical roadblock is in the complete understanding of complete sentences while browsing, messaging or reading news online.
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The app has a huge database of language, to say, it can translate a sentence of English into 38 different languages and vice-versa. The sentence you are looking to translate can be copied from browser, pdf etc.
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Once the users are well-equipped with their sentence formation, they will be more confident about practicing their English speaking frequently.
When Bharati, an Electronics and Communication graduate from Anna University, Chennai, sat for her first job interview, she realized that her English skills had let her down. “I always came first or second in exams, but I couldn’t speak anything in the interview” says Bharathi. She couldn’t get through in Interview for quite some time. However, she could earn only 20k per month where as his friends who are joined in the same office are getting about 25-35k.
Here, we can observe that people were not getting respect and not earning the money just because they were not fluent in English. The problems associated with lack of fluency in English speaking\ don’t affect only the student and her teacher but the majority of people in India.
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