How to become a
GOOD Theoretical Physicist


English is a prerequisite. If you haven’t mastered it yet, learn it. You must be able to read, write, speak and understand English, but you don’t have to be perfect here. The lousy English used in this text is mine. That’s enough. All publications are in English. Note the importance of being able to write in English. Sooner or later you will wish to publish your results. People must be able to read and understand your stuff.

French, German, Spanish and Italian may be useful too, but they are not at all necessary. They are nowhere near the foundations of our sky-scraper, so don’t worry. You do need the Greek alphabet. Greek letters are used a lot. Learn their names, otherwise you make a fool of yourself when giving an oral presentation.

If you have managed to read and follow this webpage so far, you probably don't need a first course in English. However, you want to be precise in your academic publications. You never want to be misunderstood, after all. Below, you will find several resources that are intended to be helpful for readers of various levels and with various requirements.

Dictionaries Grammar Vocabulary Punctuation Writing Pronunciation
Transition words Here you can find all kinds of linking words. If you think these are useful pages, you may want to copy the link to your favourites.
Writing Numbers Information on writing numbers follwed by a link to an exercise.
Academic Phrasebank The Academic Phrasebank of The University of Manchester provides a comprehensive selection of phrases to use in your writing to: describe methods, report results, discuss findings and write conclusions. General Functions, in the side menu, has phrases for giving examples, classifying and listing, explaining cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, describing trends, describing quantities.
The Academic Word List (AWL) The Academic Word List (AWL) will help you to learn and use core academic vocabulary. These 570 word families will not only improve your comprehension of academic texts but also your ability to write assignments in an academic style.
1000 most common words List of the 1000 most common words in English.