[AI] Care for spellings in postings - a request

niranjanraj urs niranjanursb at gmail.com
Thu Jun 24 03:44:40 EDT 2010


Dear friends,
Namasthee to all. This animated discussion is quite interesting. The
spirit behind making efforts to improve one's language abilities is
good and should be taken in that spirit. It is for the individuals to
act and improve  their abilities.
After having said as above, it is also necessary to understand why
many people, myself included, make spelling mistakes. One, unlike our
Indian languages, English spellings do not fully conform to
pronounciation. Two,  we very often wrongly pronounce  English
wordsand more often than not our pronounciation carry a tinge of of
our mother tongue's accent.
I should confess that my ability to spell correctly  has improved
after I started losing my sight. I should thank my good friend JAWS
for this improvement. Also, Mr JAWS  has helped me in learning the
correct pronounciation( of course excluding our Indian language
words).
Friends, what should be one's approach on this spellings issue one may
decide after reading the following story.
A loving husband had to part with his wife, as she was to be sent to
her parents house for delivery. At the time of her departure, the
husband handed over a bundle of inland post cards and asked her to
write him letters everyday. For her convenience he had himself written
his full postal adress. Her job was simple, only write the letter and
put it in the post box. The wife dutyfully did what she was told by
her husband.  When she returned back to her husband along with the
baby, she scornfully asked why he did not reply to any of her letters.
The husband simplypointed his finger to the drawer of his table. On
opening the drawer, the wife  to her surprise saw all her letters in
tact. Her husband, being a school teacher, had corrected the spellings
 and put marks as 2/10, 3/10, 5/10 and so on with remarks also.
Niranjan
On 6/24/10, prateek aggarwal <prateekagarwal99 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I respect all of yours statements, and in fact, you folks are those
> who are ideals for people like me.
> Respected yadav sir, from what little understanding I could develop
> about the accessindia list, we discuss the things which are blindness
> specific.
> Resemble or not, the problem of having weak spelling sense in some of
> our friends is only because they are blind.
> Having said that, I would just slightly like to touch the issue, that
> most often, I found out that the schools for blind people are usually
> having week foundation, hence they don’t put much emphasis on English
> language.
> In fact, the efforts which our learned friends have made besides all
> that is certainly praiseworthy and inspirational for me.
> Considering this, I don’t see it wrong to make an effort to improve
> something as vital as spelling correctly.
> Specially, there are a lot of youngsters, who are so intelligent in
> their studies, and seeing big dreams of achievements. I would never
> appreciate any hindrance in their path of success, just because of
> some wrong spellings which they might write.
> This list according to me, is not just an instrument of asking doubts,
> but we have friends over here, so personally, I love if I can help any
> of my friends in an area where I can.
> In fact, I don’t have any problem reading wrong spellings as well, but
> I want to improve my friends to an extent where they can collaborate
> with the society and make themselves inclusive.
> So, before they write incorrect spellings in  the group of sighted
> people, I see it a moral responsibility to let them know if there is
> anything that’s needed to improve.
> Ok, no one in the world of sighted people is perfect,
> But some of our learned friends finds it difficult to spell some very
> basic words, which I believe can be spelled correctly by most of the
> sighted people in their competition.
> Sometimes, very basic words like
> “Hello”, “computer”, “step”, “guidance”, “could”, “would”, “should”,
> etc are spelled incorrectly, which though are  not  big mistakes, but
> improvement in basic spellings  like these will perhaps make it
> better.
>
> Here, I would like to reiterate that the problem with spellings is
> usually because some of we blind people did not get an access of
> written material.
> We do are studies either with audio cassettes, CDs, or EText, and in
> all of these mediums, our focus does not go on the spellings of the
> words, which is  obvious.
> Here, I agree that Braille can prove a great tool to improve
> spellings, as when one intersects his/her fingers on the Braille
> letter, the spellings automatically keep registering in the mind while
> reading the text.
> Some of us tent to take Braille as an old and outmoded medium, but I
> still feel a great relevance of using Braille.
> Therefore, with all respect to one and all,
> I would like to request to kindly help each others in improving
> spellings because this is a nice way to make ourselves inclusive in
> the society and achieve heights of success in our
> careers/education/personal levels.
>
> regards,
> Prateek agarwal.
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> ---------- Original message ----------
> From: Sandeep Singh <sandeepsingh477 at gmail.com>
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:05:32 +0530
> Subject: Re: [AI] Care for spellings in postings - a request
> Moreover, sometimes the actual meaning of the message is lost. If you
> can make out the real meaning, fine, otherwise the whole effort of the
> writer is
> Wasted. True, it's not a platform for improving the language skills
> but inculcating good habits, writing or otherwise, is no sin either.
> Regards,
> Sandeep
>
> At 04:45 PM 22-06-10, you wrote:
>
> Block quote
> Apologies if I had sounded snobbish. But do not forget that such
> things may be said to folks like us in Access India, but young members
> of this list need
> Good writing skills to convince a prospective employer (in any
> language, not necessarily in English, if that is asked as a
> prerequisite). I keep reading
> Worst writings (as a journalist) and so reading some more in this list
> or anywhere else couldn't disappoint me any more. But you cannot deny
> that a well-expressed
> Idea, weather in BBC or in Access India or anywhere else touches you
> and there is no harm for people to learn it. I still feel a neatly
> written message
> Project a person in a positive light and I say this not out of
> snobbishness, but out of desire to see others improve and enjoy the
> benefits of it. As a
> Writer, I cannot consider writing as a petty issue too.
>
> Subramani
>
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> On Behalf Of YADAV, D. N
> Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 4:14 PM
> To:
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> Subject: Re: [AI] Care for spellings in postings - a request
>
> Really a petty issue over spellings.
>
> It certainly makes us snobbish to be lured to be looking about
> spelling mistakes & comparing it with party wear or disheveled
> appearances.  This is not
> Ac grammar class or schooling where we are meeting.  It’s an amalgam
> of ideas we are sharing & ideas get prominent here.  We also know
> poorly written
> Language can never be a barrier to grasping the essence of an idea.
> Only we have to a bit stretch ourselves to understand.  Short
> messages, shortened
> words are the need of the time today for less traffic, less time, etc.
>  This is not a place to show or unshow ones skills in writing-it’s
> simple business
> of give & take; take the fruit & throw the chaff.  Lotus always grows
> in mire, let’s value the gold not the rust.  As far improving
> spellings, Braille
> is just one & perhaps rather older amongst many as on date like
> computers, views, news, conversation, etc.
>
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