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    Better English

    I grew up speaking broken english and i do know and understand the english language however i would like to have a better command of the english language. How do i go about this?

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    Re: Better English

    It is good that you listen to English (BBC for example) and read English (I recommend Encarta Encyclopedia)

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: Better English

    Quote Originally Posted by jah_myke View Post
    I grew up speaking broken English and i do know and understand the English language however i would like to have a better command of the English language. How do i go about this?
    Welcome to the forums.

    You have to practice - both speaking and writing. Listen to as much good spoken English as you can - recorded books is a good way. You can listen and read the same book, so you can hear how it should sound. Just make sure you have the unabridged audiobook.

    You may find something here which will help: Language Exchanges - ESL Web Directory - UsingEnglish.com

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    jctgf is offline Key Member
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    Re: Better English

    Quote Originally Posted by jah_myke View Post
    ... to have a better command of the english language. ...
    Hi,

    I found this expression very interesting.
    I wonder if ''I don't have a good command of the English language'' would be a good substitute for "I don't speak english very well."
    Is it considered good informal English?

    Thanks a lot,
    jc

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: Better English

    No - rather the opposite. It is a formal and slightly pedantic sentence.

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