How can I learn English grammar

If you are one of those people who would love to disappear as soon as they hear the word “grammar”, rest assured: you are certainly not alone! There are many people who combine teaching English at school with the boring and tedious memorization of conjugation tables and irregular verb forms. We think it's no wonder that you didn't enjoy learning the language.Until now! Because here comes the good news. We are now starting a new series of videos on our Youtube channel in which various MosaLingua team members will share their ultimate tips and tricks for language learning with you. Abbe started with a video on why English grammar is easy. Just In another video, she will not only explain the best method for learning English grammar using illustrative examples, but also give you concrete advice when you should learn grammar.

This makes it easy to learn English grammar

In the video, Abbe shares your tips and tricks for learning English grammar not through boring rules, but rather with fun and in context to learn. The video is a good start because she recorded it in English. But fear not: you can of course watch it with subtitles. To activate this, click on the small gear icon in the lower right corner of the video. Now you can choose the subtitles in German (or in various other languages). The subtitles can also be found below at a glance, or directly on YouTube.

The best way to learn English grammar

In this video, I'm going to show you one of the best ways to learn English grammar.

Perhaps you've already started learning English grammar through boring books and boring exercises. You are not the only one who finds this method difficult and confusing. What if I tell you that you can learn very differently too? A method that will help you understand and remember everything better. Let's get started right away!

We all know and use the grammar of our mother tongue relatively easily, even if we never consciously learn it in courses or with exercises. As a child, we learn the grammar of the mother tongue through practical examplesand only when we think it is absolutely necessary or improved by our parents.The good news is: you can use the same method to get the grammar in English or in any language to learn. You just have to learn them in context, just as a child learns when they start to speak.

The first thing you have to do is immerse yourself in the language, around English in context to find. In teletext you will find a link to another video that will help you with this. When you start learning English through immersion, you will discover language patterns that keep coming back. It is important to start with the typical patterns. Surely there is a grammar rule that can explain these patterns, but before looking directly into your book, try to guess what the rule might be based on in your natural context.

Let's look at two examples:

“The big black wolf” and “the black big wolf”. The word order is different, but which one is correct? It is the first! There's a grammar rule for doing this, but it's kind of hard to remember. So let's imagine you are reading a book in English and you come across the three phrases “the small white house”, “the short green dress” “the large gray rock”. You can be sure that all three phrases are correct because you read them in an English book. So we come to the next question: “the tall white man” or “the white tall man”, which is correct?
The first example, of course! You already know this because you read the previous phrases. From these examples you can conclude that in adjectives, size comes before color.

Let's look at another example. We want to talk about quantities. Let us first read these expressions: “many apples” “much luck” “many cars” “much water” “many birds” “much love”. After reading these examples, can you guess whether we are using “much” or “many” with the word milk? If you have decided on “much”, you are correct without even knowing the rule.
In general, we use “much” for uncountable sets and “many” for countable sets.

It's just a small rule of grammar, but you can use your intuition to help you understand. Therefore, when you start learning English instead of poring over grammar books for hours, you should try to read and hear the language as much as you can, in its natural context. After a while you will begin to internalize the rules intuitively, like a child.

Another tip for you: don't learn a grammar rule until you think you need it. For example, instead of learning the future tense and then waiting weeks or months before actually using it, wait until you think you need to talk about the future. Practicing the rule will help you remember it immediately. So, while you are using the language, do not study in advance. And sure, of course you can look at grammar rules if you think you still don't understand a concept, but you will see: if you really take my advice, you won't need grammar books that often.

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