Tutor profile: Hadas B.
How can one improve his or her writing?
There are two easy ways to improve one's writing. First, reading is an invaluable tool, as one is exposed to different stylistic voices, and new vocabulary to use in his or her own writing. The second way would be writing as often as possible; start a novel, pen a short story, or even craft a particularly eloquent email, just to stay in the habit of writing constantly. While the old aphorism "practice makes perfect" does not necessarily apply here, practice will help to hone your skills, and find your own voice as a writer.
Is the English language still evolving?
The English language is still evolving, both informally and formally. While new slang is incorporated into the way we speak everyday, we also see it accepted by those who shape the verbal records we leave behind. For example, the Merriam-Webster dictionary adds new words each year. While their website reveals the past few months have brought about words related to the pandemic, such as "WFH" and "self-isolate," the company also added words from what they call "wordplay," like "finna."
How have the past decade's changes in methods of communication changed the way we interact with others?
The main change this past decade has seen in terms of communication was the rise of social media. While social media allows us to cull information and speak with one another at unprecedented speeds, there are several downsides to these new platforms. Many feel empowered to argue with or bully strangers from their keyboards, when they certainly would not do the same face-to-face. Social media may also make some feel isolated, if they are on the receiving end of that negativity, or fall into the trap of comparing their own lives to the "highlight reels" they see others post. Some also argue that younger members of society have become so entrenched in communicating online, they are now less capable of interacting with one another in-person.
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