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The ACE of Soft Skills: Attitude, Communication and Etiquette for Success by Mahadevan Ramesh, Gopalaswamy Ramesh

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English-language Skills

“Ï am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

 

–Oscar Wilde

Often equated to communication skills (and sometimes even to soft skills in general), English-language skills occupy a vaunted position in the skills list of any modern day Indian professional. In fact, in many of the so-called ‘soft skills training institutes’ that have mushroomed across India, ‘soft skills’ is taken to simply mean ‘spoken English’ and nothing more. Some of them also go at length into basic English grammar elements like articles, propositions, pronouns and so on. We have stressed throughout the book that while English-language skills are indeed essential in today’s globalized business world, they are ...

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