Sunday, March 07, 2010

I need to learn grammar

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,

Recently, Wan Asmuri posted this comment on my blog:

"we should learn english without concentrating a lot on grammar.Grammar make us learn very slow."

I respect his opinion, but I do not share his view on this.

For me, grammar is fundamental in the process of learning a language. If I may quote Karen Armstrong from her autobiography of the bible:

Language is a complex code, ruled by deep laws that combine to form a coherent system that is imperceptible to the speaker, unless he or she is a trained linguist.

The rules of grammar are the laws of the language. An impressive vocabulary would mean nothing if the rules of grammar are not applied to it.

Take this collection of words as an example:

pretentious relucent be? indie artists must why

Is this English? The words look English. Spellchecker doesn't complain. So it should be English, right?

For someone who knows nothing about grammar, they might think that its perfect English(except 'relucent' though, I don't think anyone would use that word).

But even for someone like me, a struggling English learner with minimal knowledge of the English grammar, I would say that this is not English.

These words do not make sense at all. The words might seem pretty but without grammar, it lacks meaning.

The purpose of this blog is to share my experience of learning the English language and I intend to do it by learning grammar. It might be slow, but hey, I'm a slow learner.

Allah knows best.


Abigail Clancy said...

long time no post. good to see you back. indeed, grammar is fundemental. but vocabulary also play its own part. solid grammar without adequate vocabs does not be helpful all the time.

just trying to say, both compliment each other.

H said...

You made me google what relucent was. And for that you must pay!

Fezry said...

Tips Belajar Bahasa Inggeris dengan berkesan
1. Never Study A Single English Word
That's right, do not memorize words. Native speakers do not learn English by remembering single words. Native speakers learn phrases.

2. Never Study Grammar
Right now. Stop. Put away your grammar books and textbooks. Grammar rules teach you to think about English, you want to speak automatically-- without thinking!

3. Learn With Your Ears, Not Your Eyes
Spend most of your study time listening- that is the key to great speaking.

4. Slow, Deep Learning Is Best
Its not enough to know a definition. Its not enough to remember for a test. You must put the word deep into your brain. To speak English easily, you must repeat each lesson many times.

5. Use Point Of View Mini-Stories
You must learn grammar by listening to real English. The best way is to listen to the same story... told in different times (points of view): Past, Perfect, Present, Future. How do you do this? Easy! Find a story or article in the present tense. Then ask your native speaker tutor to write it again in the Past, with Perfect tenses, and in the Future. Finally, ask him to read and record these stories for you.

6. Only Use Real English Lessons & Materials
How do you learn Real English? It's easy. Stop using textbooks. Instead, listen only to real English movies, TV shows, audio books, audio articles, stories, and talk radio shows. Use real English materials.

7. Listen and Answer Mini-Stories (not Listen and Repeat)
Because the teacher constantly and quickly asks easy questions, you don't have time to think about grammar. You just immediately shout a couple of words-- which teaches you to respond faster, and faster, and faster.

The 2 Big Secrets to Confident English Speaking

Afif Ridhwan said...

Hi, writer of "The Works" here. I updated my blog. Now, advertisement away. I would like to put my view on this.

Grammar is indeed a must in the English Language. I learnt my grammar through writing (And countless preaches from my mother), and as a fellow that got himself into a writing craze, I recommend that everyone do so.

It may seem like you're not going anywhere in writing, but think of it this way:

1)You are expressing your creativity

2)Throughout writing, you'll find yourself at the verge of;
a)Self-contradicting grammar issues
b)Finding the right words
c)Trying to find the suitable idiomatic expressions
Which, along the way, you'll find yourself fixing them.

3)You'll get a chance to publish your work!

And that's all I guess. It's 12.17 AM now. I must descend to my sleep, or that 5 AM jogging will be skipped.

abd said...

Hey Afif, thanks for the advice and encouragement.

I really enjoy reading your work and that really inspires me to improve my English.

I will try to continue writing and hopefully you did not have to skip your 5 am jog.

Disclaimer: I am neither an English native speaker nor a qualified English teacher.