English is our second speaking language in the Philippines. Speaking and writing well in English indeed help in a lot of everyday situations. This applies not only at work when we need to present to clients, vendors, and internal teams, but also when we have to communicate with family and friends effectively. If you want to understand the rules of English grammar, pronunciation, and punctuation without thinking of it as “rocket science,” Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well! (The “Nosebleed” Edition) must be a healthy and smart read.
Book Review: 3 Reasons I Recommend Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well! (The “Nosebleed” Edition) to All Filipinos
1. Small and easily portable
Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well! gives the basics of using the right English words, expressions, and conversation strategies for practice and learning. It provides easy-to-follow, practical information for improving your command of English grammar. Reading this book will remind you to brush up on your proofreading abilities. I like that it’s small and portable. You can take it as a good book to read during travels or carry it in the office for reference and professional needs.
2. Especially relevant for Filipinos
Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well! has less than 120 pages and it has broken down the major topics to short chapters. It offers quick and clear explanations that I’m sure many Filipinos can relate with. Its first section opens up to Filpinism, pointing out inaccurate and awkward expressions Filipinos are used to use. The examples in each of the chapters are down-to-earth and they drive each point home.
3. Clear and simple
Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well!‘s directives do not go around in circles. This book is well structured, strict to the point, and meticulous. I appreciate that it sheds lights on the most common pitfalls and errors in grammar usage. People who experience difficulties with English grammar should find this book extremely useful. This is a must for those whose goal is to become more effective and proficient communicators and writers.
The fact is that multilingualism is highly valued these days. In the Philippines, people who are good in English are presented mostly with more job opportunities than those who are stuck in “carabao English.” Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well! is a great contribution to Filipinos who want to get better at English…nosebleeds and all. For more information about this book, please visit this Facebook page.