6. Take another English course.
My father has used this direction with all of my brothers and sisters and I have vowed that I too, will use it on my children, I never liked to hear the words, they seemed to be a put down every time I mispronounced a word or used incorrect English.
One day after I had completed my second year in college, Dad and I went fishing and I mustered up enough courage to ask why he repeatedly said to each of his children “Take another English course.” As fathers will, he responded not with a simple one phrase explanation, but rather a short dissertation on the necessity to use good English, good spelling, good grammar and good pronunciation. “Employers will note these things on future applications and resumes,” he said, “and every organization needs people who know how to write and speak correctly.” All these thought made sense to me, but he really made his point and drove it home some years later when half in jest and half prophetically he said “Who knows? Someday you may be the editor of your own blog.”