English Grammar vs Spoken English

by Robby on March 30, 2010

Grammar is extremely important in any language. Nonetheless, it can sometime be a hindrance when learning to speak a language. When learning English (or any language) at school, there is a huge emphasis on the grammar and on the written word but not enough emphasis is placed on speech! Trying to learn hundreds of grammar rules and then learning how they are used is sometimes unnecessary and boring! It also means that most of the time is taken up in this way so it’s almost impossible to spend enough time on the spoken word.

I have personally spent days, weeks and months reading and studying and re-reading books on grammar. I have had a huge interest I in the English language since I was very young. I found out when I got older that reading all those books and studying for days didn’t really help me when it came to speaking English. I figured out that I actually only needed to learn a small percentage of the grammar rules to speak fluent English! When writing in English, grammar tends to be slightly more important than in the spoken word – and that’s probably why most people focus on improving grammar instead of improving their spoken English.

Let’s look at a simple example:

‘I ate the whole lot, but I didn’t enjoy it’

The word ‘but’ is known as a coordinating conjunction. ‘And’, ‘or’ and ‘yet’ are other examples. Traditional teaching methods will force you to learn this, along with hundreds of other rules. You will also have to learn where and when these should be used. If, however, you learn to speak English in a more natural way i.e. through the spoken word, you will learn to use coordinating conjunctions correctly without ever knowing that a coordinating conjunction existed!

In fact, native English speakers often don’t use grammar rules correctly. They will use phrases such as ‘I saw it’ instead of ‘I have seen it’ even when mentioning something that happened prior to main event. To a native English speaker this is normal, even if a few English language purists disagree!

Let’s get back to the example mentioned above. The phrase ‘I ate the whole lot, but I didn’t enjoy it’ is a ready building block for using in live English conversations. By learning phrases like this one and others combined, you will build up knowledge of English with a powerful spoken vocabulary, and you will be speaking English fluently in no time!

All of the points mentioned above are not meant to play down the importance of grammar in the English language. I’m simply saying that many people are too hung up on it while fluency in English should be the ultimate goal!

And it is what you will achieve through the English Harmony System – the most commonly used and most effective grammar rules are incorporated into the system. You won’t have to learn them separately. You won’t have to spend hours memorizing grammar rules in order to achieve fluency – it will all happen naturally and with minimum effort!

Thanks for your time,

Robby

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  • http://englishharmony.com/blog/ Robby Kukurs

    Hi Prakash,

    I'd suggest you simply start speaking more. When you speak and divert your mind from grammar, your English becomes live and more fluent. Of course, grammar can't be ignored as it's existing in all aspects English, you just need to shift your main focus from it to speaking. And if you've no one to talk to, you can speak with yourself. Watch my video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHtMgnzp5w4 where I'm speaking about importance of practising English with yourself on a daily basis.

    And of course, there's an efficient shortcut if you want to improve your spoken English rapidly – http://englishharmony.com/improve-spoken-englis

    Hope this helps,

    Robby

  • PRAKASH

    I WANNA SPEAK ENGLISH WITHOUT THINKING GRAMMER RULES HOW CAN I DO IT. PLS TELL ME .
    THANKS

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