Does Grammar Really Matter In Learning English?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Jo Hanniffy 0 Comments

I wish I was born in present where most people can access to learn English easily -- just like my 10 year-old-boy who starts his learning English at age 4. Does he speak fluent now? Well, his english now much better than my English when was in high school though.

My purpose of writing this time is to give my opinion regarding to an article that The most important ingredient of learning English is Grammar. Playing games, discussing problems, and having a good time is important. However, if we don't focus on grammar it is all a waste of time.

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Learning English is not easy. That is true. I've been living in a country for many years where English is their native languange, and speak English quite often in many countries. Yet, I still find how difficult it is to speak and write fluently just like a native speaker. Another thing is, when I ask something about English vocabulary to a native speaker, to my hubby who english is his main languange, for example, he himself doesn't know the meaning of it. Well, that's a quite strange.

In fact, it's not just me experienced like that but some of my friends has also similiar experience with other native speakers whom seem not understand some their own vocabulary. I then wonder if I myself might  not understand as well some my own vocabulary languange.

If this is the case so none of native speakers know their all own vocabularies? Perhaps some people that say no foreigners can learn English fluently. Well, they are probably right.

I shall give my opinion to against the latter sentence of the article above, is if we don't focus on grammar it is all a waste of time.

In 2007, I found a method which saying that grammar is not the uppermost to be fluent in English. It was AJ's method, the founder of Effortless English Club. I notice that his method is the opposite of the latter on the article above.

AJ's method is not focus in grammar rules, he affords a unsual of teaching English, is by listening. Even better, this method of his is supported by some English teachers in some country (I can't think of the name of the teacher; he's also quite famoust with his method). 

However, it is seem like to be biased for teaching English without focusing grammar. We may question it: How we then know that our english is correct?

I was thinking, just now, if I teach bahasa to a foreigner with grammar rules then how it would be going?  Would they not be struggling to remember all the rules?

That's it. I have been learning English since elementary, and yet, most of my English teachers merely give a boring home work which asking me to do all the grammar rules i.e. present tense, past tense, participle tense. And yet, none of native speakers understand about all these grammar rules! Naively, we're perpetualy doing the same method, is memorising grammar rules!

I see English teacher has better teaching in the present than before; I notice this when I help my little boy with his english home work; the book of English from the school has better structure in its method teaching, such as, they give a short story instead of  grammar rules.

It is very frustrating if we longily to speak and write English fluently and there is a barrier (strugling with the grammar rules. Can you imagine when you try to speak with a native speaker you need to have a look at your grammar rules note? 

So I consider that it is not a waste time even we don't focus in grammar. Grammar it's not the uppermost thing to speak English fluently. I should say that I agree with AJ's philosophy of learning English that it's all about passion and how you explore your surroundings into English.

What do you think?

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