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Precis Writing :
A précis is a summary. Précis writing is a very useful exercise. Most of us read carelessly. Précis-writing gives training in careful reading. Précis–writing is regarded as a very important kind of composition because it develops one’s capacity to discriminate between the essential and the inessential.
Write a précis of the following passage.
To have a second language at your disposal, even if you only know it enough to read it with pleasure, is a sensible advantage. Our educationists are too often anxious to teach children so many different languages that they never get far enough in any one to drive any use or enjoyment from their study. The boy learns enough Latin to detest it, enough Greek to pass an examination, enough French to get from Calasis to Paris, enough German to exhibit a diploma, enough Spanish or Italian to tell which is which, but not enough of any to secure the enormous boon of access to a second literature.
Choose well, choose wisely and choose one, concentrate upon that one. Do not be content until you find yourself reading in it with real enjoyment. The process of reading for pleasure in another language rests the mental muscles; it enlivens the mind by a different sequence and emphasis of ideas. The mere form of speech excites the activity of separate brain cells, relieving in the most effective manner the fatigue of those in hackneyed use. One may imagine that a man who blew the trumpet for his living would be glad to play the violin for his amusement. So it is with reading in another language than your own.
Rough Draft FOR Precis Writing:
It is a sensible advance to have a second language enough to read it with pleasure. But our educationists are anxious to teach children. So many languages. The boy can learn any as second language. It is not good to press the enormous boon of access to the second language. The boy can choose well, wisely and concentrate upon that one. The process of reading should be made pleasure from that language. One may imagine that a man who blew the trumpet would be glad to play the violin for his amusement. So it may be his own choice to choose the second language for reading.
Choosing Second Language
Fair Draft :
It is enough to choose the second language any one. But the educationalists choose many languages to the children. So it is very difficult for children to learn more. The boy can choose well wisely and concentrate upon that one. The process of reading should be made pleasure from that language choosing the second language may be the own choice of the student.
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