Tampa Tutor Reflects on the Joy of the Well Written Article

Posted on 28th May 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

I had the special pleasure of helping one of my favorite Tampa tutoring students today. She had to read a pair of contrasting journal articles and answer a series of related questions.

The journal articles were graduate level, and the contrast between them could not have been greater. One was written by a person with a command of the English language and a simple and direct style.

The other was not.

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In the second article, the sentences stretched to standard paragraph length. Three dollar words replaced the ten cent variety. I  had to consult a dictionary four or five times to find the meaning of words that were needlessly obscure.

Perhaps the funniest part of the article was how dumb the ideas were once they were translated into plain English.

The well written piece was clear and convincing and a joy to read. Learning to write well is learning to think clearly.

As part of the same research, I ended up checking out The Emperor and the Linguist from the Tampa library.

It’s the story of the Rosetta stone and the man who unlocked hieroglyphics. The book is by a writing teacher. He knows how to tell a story.

If you need help with English or history or preparing for the SAT this summer, call 813.787.8959 to reach the Tampa English Tutor.

Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 5/28/2009 12:19 AM

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