Estimated reading time: 8 minutes, 24 seconds. Contains 1684 words
I’m going to tell you about the 12 books in this blog. If you want to learn English, then you need to get these 12 books.
So, what really occurs is that students go to the teacher and ask the teacher, “I want to learn English grammar,” and most of the time they get a recommendation of “Warren Martin English grammar high school book”. If you have some relation to English, then I’m pretty sure you’d have heard of this book. But the only question really was that most people get this book, everybody says it’s fantastic, and it’s famous, so why can’t they speak English fluently?
Second, students believe that they can learn English, and so they end up joining the English coaching class. As we all use shortcuts, students are looking for classes that offer to teach English within 30, 60 or 90 days.
Ok, I want you to think that if there is a language that can be mastered in 30, 60 or 90 days, then another language will be eliminated and then only one language left will be English. If you believe that’s true that a student can learn English within 30, 60 or 90 days then think of the student who did his or her schooling in English from 1st to 12th and then why couldn’t they speak English fluently? There is only one and only one explanation for this is that English is a language. If you want to learn any language, you should learn English sentences first and then you should start learning grammar gradually.
If we try to understand why we’re fluent in Hindi or some other mother tongue is because first we start learning sentences and then we’re focusing on grammar. We’re not fluent in English, since the teacher first taught us grammar, and then asked to speak in English, otherwise you’re going to be fined. Because of this, I’m not going to be able to speak fluently in English compared to Hindi.
In school, we were taught from the publisher’s book, where publishers used to offer a large percentage of commissions to school. If we think of commission then understand that the person who gives commission, their books are garbage, the book has no quality, or no one buys it and the kind of books that are not sold out on the market, then they go to school and do those commission marketing. And those books are garbage, so you can warm your hands with that support, but you’re not going to get any insight.
Understand that if you want to learn top-notch English, then it’s really important to read from top-notch books. Top-class books are often written by top-level teachers only. These 12 books are top-notch books written by top-notch teachers, so please read all of these 12 books.
Being fluent means communicating day to day. The day-to-day interaction is called real English.
Table of Contents
English Conversation Practice by Grant Taylor
If you want to learn English, this should be the first book you should read. You will gain a grammatical sense after reading this book. You’re going to get enough grammar knowledge to make a regular conversation with this book’s help. When you take English coaching lessons, they pledge to teach you structure grammar in a short period of time. But they can only cover 50-60 structure grammar in such a short time. You will use this book to cover 783 structure grammar. With this book’s help, you can make a fluent conversation every day. You must read this book at least 8 times and then go ahead.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/3gPJ5Nw
Essential English Grammar with Answers by Raymond Murphy
This is the perfect book to learn the fundamentals of English, and you can’t replace this book with another one at all. The most important part of this book is that English is taught in a conventional way, i.e., perspective grammar. (i.e., they didn’t specify what you were going to do or not). After reading through this book, you’ll get an idea of what to do and not what to do. Tenses and Modals are clarified very well. Whether you come from the Hindi medium or the English medium, this book is going to be beneficial to you.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/34iyKVp
English Grammar for Dummies by Geraldine Woods
They gave a very good illustration in this book and used really clear English. After reading this book, you will understand how much grammar is required, and if you attempt to do anything more than that, it’s considered too much.
Geraldine Woods has a great sense of humor. When you read this book, you’re going to laugh very often. Mrs. Woods has been teaching English to gifted students for more than 40 years, and since teaching various types of student, her writing is easy and interesting. If you’re doing engineering, then you should have this book, and this book should really be in your curriculum. It’s supposed to be taught every semester, if it’s not in your curriculum, then you should get it and study by yourself.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/3moagQI
Practical English Usage by Michael Swan
In this book, it is written only to the standard of grammar that is required, not less or more. Limitation of this book, which is not meant for beginners. If you haven’t learned English for more than 4-5 years, you’re not going to be able to make full use of this book.
After reading this you’ll get the difference between American English and British English. British English is on the Indian curriculum. But we’re also going to aspire to be better in American English because Americans are job providers.
It’s written in a conversational tone that means you sound like you’re talking to Michael Swan. If you’re an English teacher or plan to teach English in the future, you have to read this book. If you are enrolled in the International Level English Exam, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) and many more, then you should study the Practical English Usage.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/3mkoUIY
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
You can’t find the right book instead of this to boost your English vocabulary. There are 47 sessions in this book that you should complete in 47 days only not less than 47 days or more. Just keep one thing in mind that if you’re not a science student, you’ll get into 4th to 13th session after 46 sessions.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/37nfsjH
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
After reading this you’ll understand the best way to write. It’s a very small book, but it’s powerful. If we try to recall school stuff at that time, the longer your answer will be the better grade you’ll get. Because of this, we don’t know how to write to the point. This way, we have a lot of trouble with competitive exams, where we have to give descriptive style responses. The biggest bonus of this book is that you’ll know how to write the official documents. Limitation of this book is that they haven’t spoken a lot about punctuation and formatting.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/2WjH3vS
The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
This book will teach you a lot about formatting and punctuation. You’re going to learn exactly what, where and how to write it. Engineers, BBA and MBA students who read business communication are sure to go through this book. This book is going to put some strength in your writing. If you read this book very nicely, you’ll find it easy to pin the errors of the Hindu newspaper.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/3np2tDx
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fables
If you would like to learn English words in more detail then this book is great for you. If you read this book nicely, you’re not just learning English, you’re learning words, idioms and phrases. After reading this book, you will learn how to speak in phrases.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/3oZQ8q1
Rapidex Self-Letter Drafting course
You will come across all sorts of letters in this book that you will meet in your life. There is no letter in this book that is not current. You will understand the tone of writing after reading this book. For example, you’re going to get an idea of a tone like politeness or frustration.
Bonus:- Rapidex English Conversation :- https://amzn.to/3np3Xh5
Compact Oxford Reference Dictionary
The biggest feature of this dictionary is that difficult words attempt to describe in the simplest to the easiest words. If you want to know the exact meaning of the word, you can find it in this dictionary. Just keep one thing in mind, so you don’t get the Oxford Advance Learner Dictionary by accident.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/3gWXoQz
Cambridge International Dictionary of English
The highlight of this book is that in order to describe the universe, they use very pleasant sentences. And phrases are used in such a way that if you read the sentence, you will get a line context and you won’t need to find the meaning of the expression. If you like to read, and you can’t find a decent book to read then it’s best to get this book. After reading this, your English is going to be like a well-educated person. They’ve got pick-up phrases from literature and high-level literature as well. Even using high-level literature, they have taken care of sentences that are useful and accessible.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/3r7K0xV
Flipkart Link: – https://bit.ly/37qORT3
Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms
Ok, this is the last book I’m going to write about. Now there’s also Oxford Dictionary of Idioms but the issue is that they haven’t provided the examples in it. If you know idioms, and you can’t use those idioms in a sentence then that means you don’t know. This book is going to be great for polishing your communications skills. After completing this book, you’re going to do great at the language game.
Amazon Link: – https://amzn.to/3mktsiw
After reading all of these books, I can assure you that your English will be at a high level. Keep the smile and keep the hustling. All the best, folks.
About The Author
Kaushik Patil is an intern at Microsoft, Australia. He pursued his graduation in B.E. of Computer Engineering. In 2019, he also secured 99.97 percentile rank as Economic Times Brightest Engineer of India. When he isn’t glued to a computer screen, he occupies his time in building new professional connections and tries to learn from their mistakes. He loves to write free verse poems. In lockdown he started learning guitar. He is technophile. His ideal is Steve Jobs. “Work hard until your signature becomes an autograph.” He also worked as intern at KPMG, Australia.
Also check out a few articles related to writing,