How to Say It
Your question is not what to say but how to say it. You may often have an idea or a thought that you do not know how to express. For instance, you may not be able to express the idea of the glass tube measuring temperature1 if you do not happen to know the word “thermometer”. To take another example, suppose you wish to apply for a position2 that requires the applicants to apply in written English, but you feel you cannot do so. Now suppose you ask a friend to write the letter for you, and he writes it. You read it and understand it all right. You come to realize that3 you did not think of arranging those simple words in that simple order. You did have something to say, but you did not know how to say it! Hence the importance of studying composition4.
As a matter of fact5, many of the ideas and thoughts you often have occasion to express6 have already been expressed by others before you. Read any page in any book carefully, and you will perhaps find some expressions that will help you to say things. Many such expressions may seem to you to be too simple to deserve much attention, but the fact is that you cannot invent them, nor can you use them unless you have noted them7. There appear to be many Chinese learners of English who have read a number of books on grammar and composition and done many exercises in correcting and improving sentences and yet cannot write even tolerable8 English. The trouble is that they may either not have read widely enough or not have read carefully enough or not have committed to memorize enough words, phrases and sentences that they may have found too easy to understand to be worth remembering.
- the glass tube measuring temperature 即thermometer(温度计)的一种解释说法
- apply for a position 申请工作岗位
- you come to realize that … 你开始认识到
- Hence the importance of studying composition 所以有研究作文的重要性
- As a matter of fact 其实
- have occasion to express 有表达的需要
- unless you have noted them 除非你已经注意它们
- tolerable 过得去的