Never too late to pursue writing if you find you have the talent

by JoeCarillo ( | | | | )

November 6, 2013


Dear Fellow Communicator,


It’s never too late to pursue writing as a vocation if one belatedly discovers having the talent and the great reserves of energy to do it. Shirley A., who describes herself as “75 years old, living alone with almost nothing” (I’m withholding her surname to keep her privacy), makes this point with such disarming frankness in a recent e-mail that I thought I shouldn’t keep her sentiments all to myself. I am therefore sharing them, verbatim, in this week’s edition of Jose Carillo’s English Forum. I am departing from the usual format of the Forum’s section for my essays by running our ongoing exchange of e-mails about pursuing writing as a latebloomer and acquiring the requisite mastery of English to successfully do it.  


THIS WEEK IN THE FORUM (November 3 – 9, 2013):

·       Essays by Jose Carillo: Never Too Late to Pursue Writing If You Find You Have the Talent (“Now I have something worthy of the time God has given me on earth,” says latebloomer)

·       Time Out from English Grammar: A Cordial Invitation to Discover the Hidden Majesty of Mathematics (It’s a language and way of thinking that goes into the heart of all matter, says book author)

·       My Media English Watch: One Misplaced Modifying Phrase Fractures Bohol Earthquake News (Profound active-voice bias creates jaw-dropping grammar fault)

·       News and Commentary: India is Now Outsourcing More Call-Center Operations to the Philippines (Move prompted by PHL’s large English-capable talent pool and low costs)

·       Use and Misuse: Certain Syntax Variations in English Evoke Practically the Same Sense (Grammatical distinctions get blurred but don’t cause sentence dysfunction)

·       The Lounge: Really Now, What’s UP? (Oh the many-splendored uses of this ultra-versatile English workhorse!)

·       Badly Written, Badly Spoken: Some Sentences Absolutely Can’t Drop the Relative Pronoun “That” (They can be ruined by trigger-happy elliptical construction!)

·       Advice and Dissent: The Open Secret of the Smartest Kids in the Whole World Today (Well-trained teachers, a rigorous curriculum, and a challenging exam for all)

·       Readings on Language: Clear, Honest English More Than Just a Matter of Right and Wrong (Adherence to dubious grammar rules often results in sloppy, chaotic syntax)

·       My Thoughts Exactly: When Speaking in English Well Could Be a Problem (“This will be so until most Filipinos can properly use English as the global language”)

·       The Finest in Language Humor: Our Crazy Language—Why Does English Behave the Way It Does? (Sampler: “Shouldn’t there be a shorter word for ‘monosyllabic’?” )

·       Student’s Sounding Board: How to Practice Speaking English in a Non-English-Speaking Country (It’s tough when there’s hardly anybody to talk to, but ways can be found)

·       How Good is Your English?: Debatable Answer Choices in English Practice Test (They can confuse when too arithmetical, too arbitrary, and too culturally bound!)


See you at the Forum! 


Sincerely yours,

Joe Carillo


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