01082017 How to improve English writing

The encounter with this book was quite shocking. 

和文英訳の修業

和文英訳の修業

 

The author says that only if you learn more than 500 example sentences by heart are you prepared for the journey of English writing. This amount of memorization was beyond my imagination. It was at the age of 20 that I first read this book. By then, I had never got a systematic education in English writing. I was fond of listening to English songs, so I learned lyrics of them consequently. These lyrics helped me write English sentences before the encounter. But this book told me that it was not the ideal way of enhancing my ability. Learning example sentences by heart is good but I had to do it systematically. That is, I had to use example sentences listed according to grammar characteristics. This book has an enchanting list because the list is not only exhaustive in terms of grammar, but also the sentences of it are interesting enough that it felt as if I were learning maxims. I think I have memorized the list at least three times so I don't feel any necessity for memorization now.

But lately, I have been dissatisfied with my writing. It irks me when I am writing the same expressions with the same words and idioms. It seems as if I only feel like writing what I can write in English. But writing should never be that way. I think the next step in writing English would be to learn how to write a passage or an essay, as well as to try to enlarge my vocabulary,. The university library holds a variety of books about it. I will check them out.