11 May 2021
There are many articles and videos on the Internet in which bloggers, mostly native speakers, talk about how to learn English without grammar. The main idea is that young children are fluent in the language without learning grammar at all. And, they argue you can do the same. And this is true, on a daily level, children begin to speak their native language at the age of 3-4. This means that a child spends at least 3 years learning the language. On average, a child takes several hours a day communicating with their relatives and other people, watching cartoons and so on, that is, learning and practicing the language.
Based on the above, in order to speak a foreign language without learning grammar, you will need to: set aside 3-4 years, several hours a day, studying and practicing the language with its native speakers, at least with people who have the level you want. You will also need to have a child's energy, a “pure infant brain,” eager to “absorb” new information and the absence of serious worries that impede language learning. If you can meet all the conditions listed, learning a foreign language without grammar is for you.
If you want to learn a new language for a long time without learning grammar, you should pay close attention to patterns and algorithms for the formation of phrases and sentences. This is a slow learning way as you reinvent the wheel and discover all the grammar rules others have discovered over the years.
You can of course learn words and phrases and speak English without knowing grammar. But at the same time you will not sound beautiful, competent, and instead, sometimes even ambiguous and incomprehensible, making many mistakes. Therefore, it will be difficult for your interlocutors to understand you and maintain a dialogue. Perhaps they will communicate with you reluctantly, condescendingly, or even avoid you at all (unless, of course, this is your English teacher =)).
On the other hand, however, you shouldn't memorize grammar rules. There are many more effective and fun ways, like drawing mind maps. Also, you need to learn grammar in practice. After all, just knowing the theory is useless. Therefore, in the classroom, about 20% of the lesson time should be devoted to theory, and 80% to practice, that is, the use of these rules in your speech. Don't be afraid of grammar. Start taking small steps towards learning it, starting with tenses, prepositions, etc. With regular practice and consistently applying grammar rules, you can learn English well.
Assuming English is a building, then grammar acts as the foundation as well as the pillars to support the structure.
If, however, you have difficulties in learning grammar, it just means that you have not yet found the “right” teacher who can share with you their love for the deep and exciting world of English grammar. But I have good news, the teachers of our school are very fond of grammar, because they all found the “key” to the heart of understanding and memorizing it, and will be happy to help you find it as well ...
Author: Andrew Shapovalov
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