Never Learn Grammar To Learn English

Does any child learn its language, be it English, French or whatever, by learning grammar first? Do we teach what a verb, a noun and an object is to any child before it starts the uphill task of uttering a single word?

Does anyone learn grammar except in school?

There are millions of folks around the world who never got around to going to school. Are they all mute? Has their not having learned their mother tongues in schools stopped them from speaking it? They do articulate well in their own languages, don't they? Many of them may not even be aware of the existence of something known as grammar which is rammed down students' throats in schools and they themselves are well off without it all the same but aren't they as erudite as anybody in their social milieu?

Is Learning Grammar Necessary?

Does grammar have anything to do with language? Yes, it certainly does. A lot, in fact. It is the insurmountable obstacle to learning a language. Let each of Indian nationals, for example, take his own example.

How many of the school/college/university educated are really comfortable speaking English? Are they fit enough to sit and hold a conversation in faultless English even about day-to-day topics without lapsing into mother tongues here and there or even let a complete diversion take over? ....

There is a strong case here against the wanton use of English where it is perfectly possible and desirable to speak in one's own tongue and this author is quite a vociferous advocate of this sensible argument. The perpetrators are rightly looked down upon with superciliousness. But I am digressing....

So, what do we do? This writer has been teaching English language, independent of any organization, for 35 years now as a non-profit initiative and it did not take long for him to realize that he had to shun grammar as taught in schools if he had to make any headway at all. It was a bold experiment he embarked upon and found, to his and the students' delight, that that was the way forward. And, has been at it all these years with 1000s of his students having moved on to bigger things.

The First Step

How to go about it? Where to start? You must first understand that the syntax in English language is completely dissimilar to the ones in Indian languages. You should practice, ad nauseam, the juggling of the word order in consonance with English language syntax. Do this in your own language.

For example, do not go practicing " I drink coffee in this restaurant in the morning" in English. Say it in your language. In Hindi, you must go " mein peetha hoom coffee is dukaan me subhe" . In other languages like Tamil, Gujarathi or Bengali too, the same thing is to be carried out.
Practice this as many times and in as varied sentences as you have to, to attain fluency. Remember not to attempt speaking the same thing in English at this stage. Master this and you have overcome the most difficult phase of learning English. The rest, believe me, is easy.

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

I did done got greyed twelve, but I arent the best at neether spellin nor grammer. I still mayk other fokes understand wot I meen. I therefor beleev you are corect in wot you are sayin.

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theswapnil 7 years ago from india

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itech 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

Correct, first we should prepare the grammar of our own language & based on that we should try converting.

Great Hub

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aguasilver 7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Neil Sperling you have a mean sense of humor!

I had a vocabulary of about 500 words until I was 18 years old and met a girl who was public school educated, who taught me to love the English language and to devour it's diversity.

There must be over 700,000 words in the English language, so everything has a word to describe it.

Good hub, thanks for posting it...


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falcon64 7 years ago

English is my second language. No option not to learn English if you wanted to communicate all over the World. But I am so proud of myself, that I know some others dialect too. I am open to learn more.

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itech 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hey I've forget about this, I visited this hub again and re-buildup my confidence.

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thirdmillenium 6 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere Author

Niel Sperling. I laughed my head off


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C. Ramsdell 6 years ago

I agree with what you're saying, even though I have a feeling this was meant to be funny...

Grammar is not my favorite thing in the world, but we do need it to correctly read. Or sort of understand what we read?

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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

I'm a second language-learner/user of English since I started to babble as a toddler. I started reacting to daily household craps like "clap your hands","good eyes". "close-open", "embrace", etc. etc. So many English words cluttered my brain that come by no surprise for good use when I set foot in grade school. To this day, I'm still learning and HP offers me a good avenue to whet my word bank for language structure. Your hub is a good addition for my quest for knowledge along this area-language learning.

I just posted a question, which asks, "I prefer putting language meaning across rather than perfecting grammar rules, how about you?" I'm testing the grounds along linguistics here that I hope will help me a lot, too. Educating myself along this area is a lifetime endeavor for me. Thank you for this informative hub.

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thirdmillenium 6 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere Author

Thanks for the comments Lita

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thirdmillenium 8 months ago from Here, There, Everywhere Author

Wow Wow Wow

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