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51 Diwali Greetings Up for Grabs

It’s Diwali again. You will be flooded with forwarded messages, half of which are repetitive and commonly exchanged. You want to be positively different from others. Here’s a short list of 51 Diwali Greetings Up for Grabs — expressions that will put more zing into your greetings, strike the recipients’ chords, and touch their core. Select the most appropriate one considering the recipient, tweak it as you like, and use it.

  1. May the festival of lights remove all darkness from every nook and cranny of your house!
  2. May this Diwali shower prosperity upon you!
  3. May blessings keep knocking on your door this Diwali.
  4. May Diwali promote peace and prosperity!
  5. May this Diwali bring with it the fulfilment of your dreams.
  6. May the lights of Diwali guide your path to a bright future.
  7. Sweeter than sweet, better than best. All the best. Happy Diwali.
  8. May this Diwali light up your future.
  9. May those flickering lamps flick away your fears.
  10. May you and your family be blessed this Diwali and New Year.
  11. Get into the flow. Rejoice in revelries. Celebrate the moment. Happy Diwali.
  12. May this New Year shoot you like a rocket and land you on cloud nine.
  13. It’s time to brighten up, smarten up, and liven up.
  14. Unwrap happiness as you unwind this Diwali.
  15. May your fears and worries be zapped into oblivion this Dipawali.
  16. May the spirit and blessings of Dipawali descend upon you and your loved ones.
  17. Happy Dipawali from the bottom of my heart.
  18. Just as rising tides lift all boats, may this auspicious time lift your spirits and hopes.
  19. From me to you, Happy Diwali.
  20. May you grab every opportunity that you come across and make the most of it.
  21. May the divine light guide your path and help you to successfully complete every journey that you embark on.
  22. May you never miss your train, lose your temper, or quarrel with your loved ones.
  23. May your coming year be smoother than Cadbury silk.
  24. My wish for you is that the shares you buy go high on the stock markets.
  25. Our sincere wish for you is that you do not get missed calls or useless forwarded messages in the coming year.
  26. Dress for the occasion, let your hair down and unplug happiness.
  27. I hope success and happiness follow you irrespective of whether your path is familiar or untrodden.
  28. Celebrate this festival with great pomp and ceremony.
  29. Utilise the day, keep the darkness at bay, spread light, and let happiness stay.
  30. Light a diya here and there, happy Diwali to you all everywhere.
  31. Roll out the red carpet for your dreams, prosperity and popularity.
  32. Fling your arms wide, embrace life fully, happily and joyfully. It’s Diwali.
  33. Diwali is a time for long-awaited family reunions, shopping sprees, plus fun and frolic.
  34. Enjoy this Diwali with sombre rituals and vibrant celebrations, full of colours and light, and follow the conventional rules of celebration.
  35. Have happy thoughts and festive moods when houses all around are lit with earthen lamps and candles.
  36. Get rid of the rigmarole of everyday life and give yourself a chance to escape monotony. Be happy, stay happy and make everyone around you happy.
  37. Soak in a general air of festivity and abandon during this festival of light, hope, and prosperity.
  38. Let festivals and celebrations spice up your life to the hilt for the rest of the year.
  39. Join the hilarious crowd, jump the bandwagon, paint the town red, and celebrate this Diwali like there’s no tomorrow.
  40. Forget your worries, put aside your troubles, cast your cares and join in in the fun.
  41. Ring in the New Year with renewed hope and great gusto.
  42. The Almighty has a long list of blessings to shower upon you this festival. It’s just for you to ask.
  43. Create festive moods and spread it like wildfire. Make pleasure and merriment contagious.
  44. Let the glitter be brighter this season with your wit, wisdom and wow.
  45. The Almighty has flung the doors to happiness wide open…lay claim to yours.
  46. The wait is over. May your dreams come true this year and you wallow in joy, achievement, and merriment.
  47. I know you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank this year. It’s your turn to enjoy life to the full.
  48. Get caught up in celebrations this festive season. Throw caution to the wind, will you?
  49. May you thrive in abundance, fly higher than ever before, and make your life a continuous celebration.
  50. May fortune smile upon you and you get what you have aspired for.
  51. May you be completely enthralled in the festivities during this Dipawali.
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IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc. for Study Abroad

What exam do you require to clear to work or study abroad? IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or some other? 

Well, if you are planning to move abroad for higher studies or a job, you will be required to clear certain exams. There are many different exams for foreign study or jobs. It depends on the country you wish to go to, and your qualifications. Some of the common and recognized exams are IELTS, SAT, GRE, TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, and so on. In this article, we will see some common reasons for going abroad and the criteria for the above-mentioned exams.

Why do people migrate abroad? 

Let us first understand why people migrate to different foreign countries for their study or job?

Moving abroad is a dream of many Indians. People from all over India, especially from the states of Gujarat, Punjab and Kerala, migrate to foreign countries for higher education or work.

Here are some reasons why you might like go abroad.

  • Live on one’s  terms 

Indians tend to rally behind their parents in every decision. Even grown-up individuals depend on their parents. Staying abroad makes you self-dependent as well as teaches you decision-making abilities.

  • Traditional reasons 

Living abroad is a dream come true for many individuals. In fact, in many families, it is a tradition–at least one member of the family should go abroad to study. You might continue that tradition.

  • Better employment opportunities 

You get many employment opportunities while living abroad. Many countries welcome educated individuals from India to work in their countries. The demand for skilled doctors, engineers, IT professionals, is increasing day by day.

  • Superior standard of education 

If you study overseas in countries like the UK, USA, Australia, you will understand and believe that the standard of education is very high. This is the main reason why many students migrate to foreign countries. 

  • Excellent standard of living 

Many move abroad because they love the standard of living in those countries. In the future, this might increase their standard of living back in their hometown. Many families even prefer to marry their daughters to people who have studied or stayed abroad. If you go abroad, you will have a chance to compare how people live in different places. Your decisions will be based on your personal, first-hand experience and knowledge. 

Which exams do you have to clear to go abroad? 

In this next section, we will learn about the exams one needs to clear to study abroad

As said earlier, depending on which country you are planning to go to or for which course you are going, you need to take that particular exam. All these exams are grading-based. The higher grade point indicates that your good command of the English language is good. Here is the list of different exams and their criteria.

The first set of exams is the most common–Language Tests. It is important to know your English language skills before you take any test. There is an IELTS coaching centre in Surat named Fluentlingua that gives you a detailed scan of your overall reading, writing and communication skills. Getting the required score on these tests is crucial for you to get a visa. Different countries prefer different language exams. For instance,

  • IELTS

If you are planning to go to the UK, Australia or New Zealand, then you need to take the IELTS test. However, there are two different modules–Academic and General. The IELTS Academic is for admission to a university, and the IELTS General is for those who want to work and/ or settle in the UK.

  • TOEFL

For US and Canada, the preferred language exam is TOEFL. 

  • PTE , CAE and CPE

PTE is accepted in most universities in the US and the UK whereas CAE and CPE are acceptable in British colleges.

  • CELPIP

CELPIP is for going to Canada.

Depending on which course you are planning to take and where, you need to take the English language test, and an entrance test, if there is any. Language tests will remain more or less the same. Here are some more examples of tests to study abroad

  • If you are planning to go for an undergraduate program, you need to take SAT or ACT as an entrance exam.
  • If you are going to study law, you need to take the LSAT entrance test. 
  • MCAT is required for medical programs.
  • GMAT and GRE for MBA.
  • For MS, you are required to take GRE
  • For certificate and diploma courses, there are no entrance exams; you only need to take the English language tests.

Which exam should one take to work abroad? 

Apart from education, if you are planning to work abroad you are required to take English language tests so as to get a visa. IELTS is the common exam used if you want to get a job abroad, especially in the UK.

It is equally important to have complete know-how about work permits. Similarly,  as per the country you choose, the organization may ask you to get a certificate or diploma in a particular language. 

On the other hand, there are some countries that do not have prescribed exams for getting a job abroad other than IELTS. You only need to be well-versed in the English language so that you don’t face any communication barriers.

Irrespective of whether you want to go for a job or study abroad, you can get in touch with Dr Dharmendra Sheth who heads Fluentlingua. He gives premium IELTS classes in Surat. He has a doctorate in English and vast experience teaching students in Surat. He has played a vital role in shaping the careers of a number of students and helping them clear language-related exams. 

Hope you liked the blog. Please give your valuable feedback in the comment section below. 

Sylvester Alvares

Spoken English in Surat blog writer Sylvester Alvares

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The importance of English in Surat for international business

SMC office in Surat

In a survey published a few years ago, the British Council predicted that two billion people worldwide would be studying English by the year 2020. It has changed from being a symbol of the elite to being a fundamental competency required for professional employment and successful business.

In other words, it is comparable to literacy in the way that literacy used to be a privilege but has since evolved into a necessity. In India in general and in Surat in particular, most students who acquire English as a second language are giving themselves more alternatives for careers in international business.

It is common knowledge that most businesses use this as their official language for day-to-day operations. For instance, the German software corporation SAP and the Finnish telecom giant NOKIA are known to use English in verbal communication for their business activities. The same is the case for most big Indian big companies.

Additionally, the international business community sees English as a lingua franca. It is increasingly valued as a preferred language for communication across a range of different language-speaking governments and prestigious educational institutions. One cannot think of doing inter-state business in India without using the link language, i.e., English.

Considering its widespread recognition and necessity for communication, English has been regarded as a vital component in courses related to international business and management across India, Surat is no exception.

But first, let’s look at Surat’s history to better understand where verbal English is as of today, and why written English and spoken English are becoming more and more important in Surat. This will help us understand 1) why Surat requires special English language academies and IELTS coaching classes, 2) why most syllabi need communicative English as a component, and 3) why students planning to study abroad should pay special attention to their English skills.

What’s the History of English with Surat?

In the history of the Indian subcontinent, Surat has had widespread recognition. Even sacred texts like the Mahabharata made several references to the city in its record. On his way from Mathura to Dwarka, Lord Krishna made a stop there.

If you study the history of business in India in the last 1000 years, Surat will appear again and again. The concept of “bank” is Surat’s gift to the world. It was a business hub before and during the rule of the British Crown on the Indian subcontinent. It’s no surprise the East India Company started its Indian operations from Surat.

“The British established their first Indian factory (trading post) at Surat (1612). The city gradually declined throughout the 18th century. The British and Dutch both claimed control, but in 1800 its administration passed to the British. By the mid-19th century, Surat had become a stagnant city of 80,000 inhabitants.”

Source: Britannica — Click this link to explore

Now let’s see the post-Independence business scene in Surat. The commercial “Sari mein Sari Parag Saree” is perhaps the first thing that springs to mind when someone mentions sarees. One of the numerous well-known brands in Surat had this marketing slogan for sarees. This is due to Surat’s prominence in the domestic and international trade of Indian traditional clothing including kurtis, salwar kameez, and sarees. Many big textile businesses had to hire people who were able to communicate in English effectively.

The centre for cutting, polishing, and supplying diamonds is also Surat. It also goes by the name “The Diamond City of India” for this reason. Most diamond companies were owned and run by people who had amazing business acumen but little to no English. They had to depend on interpreters during their interstate or international transactions.

How has the Lack of  English Speaking Hampered Surat?

Even though Surat prides itself on being the diamond capital of the world, only manufacturing is done there. Major duties like sales, marketing, and promotion for the textile and diamond industries are carried out in large cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The fact that the residents of Surat are not particularly at ease speaking English is one of the key causes. Additionally, Surties do not place as much value on the English language.

Due to the linguistic barrier, trading is very tough for the locals. The growth of the city is considerably hampered by this impediment. In fact, this gives a small group of individuals in Surat considerable importance because they are fluent in both written and spoken English.

Moreover, the textile and diamond industries do not need skilled and educated labourers. The majority of young people with education are unemployed or not happy with whatever work they get. Most of the communication in most business houses here is in Gujarati or Hindi. Many new IT companies have also come up, but they face the same problem. English is not widely used in Surat.

Even students who are planning to go abroad find it difficult to score well on the tests such as IELTS or PTE or TOEFL. To raise their performance and score, they have to struggle a lot. They have to put in a lot of additional effort to acquire English, which they should actually have acquired automatically via their school and college studies.

Why can’t People in Surat Speak English Properly?

 

When one interacts with individuals in Surat, it’s simple to understand why they aren’t able to speak in English effectively while having a strong grasp of written communication. However, the following are some of the main causes why Surat residents struggle with verbal and spoken English:

The people of Surat

  • put little to no effort into learning the language.
  • have negligible interest in reading.
  • have very few public platforms to hone oratory skills.
  • have inadequate conditions for learning English.
  • lay less emphasis on spoken communication in academic organisations.

How may Spoken English or IELTS Classes Assist Surat’s Students Improve their Verbal English?

IELTS classes in Surat can help students to improve their spoken English or verbal communication in the following ways:

  • Level-based instruction for students or learners.
  • Convenience of guided and blended study for tests like the PTE, TOEFL, or IELTS.
  • Mock tests to boost student performance.
  • First-hand exposure to authentic English, oral and written.
  • Activities in English such as public speaking, group discussion, and debate.

Final Thoughts

To communicate successfully as a prospective business person in Surat, it is highly recommended that you increase your written and spoken English. Acquiring fluency and eloquence will be of enormous help in your personal and professional life.

Fluentlingua is, of course, one of the best options for learning authentic, good-quality English in Surat, Gujarat. 😉

Best wishes and happy learning,
Team Fluentlingua

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