- Part One, we discussed The Power of Pleasure Reading.
- Part Two, we discussed The Secret to Good English Writing.
LEARNING GRAMMAR INTUITIVELY AND UNCONSCIOUSLY
In Part Three,
I want to share an interesting topic I read from a book. It was a good tip for a non-English speaker like me who always get herself confused with grammar rules. I am a moderate user of English. I found no matter how many times I learned grammar rules; I will always find myself staring on the monitor thinking, is this correct? Then I searched on the internet to look for similar sentences. I always have this problem when I write an official letter or produce a report.
The good thing after I learned the trick, I became more alert and I listened carefully to any conversation in a movie or radio.
How to Learn Grammar Intuitively and Unconsciously?
It is true that we can learn to speak English well, without studying grammar rules?
And just throw all the grammar books away because we don’t need them?
HAH! Can you believe that?
That was what I thought when I first heard about that. Let me share with you guys. I hope you find this tip useful.
USE POINT-OF-VIEW STORIES
Point-of-view stories are easy and fun. Best of all, they allow us to absorb the grammar naturally by understanding the context of the stories. Rather than studying abstract grammar rules, you acquire spoken grammar skill from meaningful and memorable English.
You still don’t get it, don’t you? It’s ok, me too. Just take it slowly and read further.
HOW DO POINT-OF-VIEW STORIES WORK?
1. Start by listening to the main story.
A story told from the PAST point of view. The story is mostly about events that happened in the past.
2. Next, listen to another version of the story –with a different point of view.
- For example, you listen to the same story told again in the PRESENT.
- Then you listen again another version – told as if it will happen in the future.
- Or another version, that talks about PAST events that have continued to the PRESENT.
Note: Each point of view basically the same, but the CHANGE IN TIME create CHANGES in the LANGUAGE USED – especially the verbs (in Malay, kata kerja).
3. Focus on the most commonly used grammar structures.
- Master the simple past as far more useful for communication.
- For example; Instead of “She will have been painting for 6 hours” Try this, “She painted for 6 hours”
4. You only need to listen to simple stories a few times every day.
- No need to analyze grammar changes.
- No need to identify the grammar rules.
- No need to identify which version is the simple past or past perfect.
Trust your intuition. Try to quiet analytic mind. Relax and focus on the events of the story. With time, you will absorb the grammar intuitively, and use it correctly without effort.
Later, I will share a few examples of point-of-view stories & how to listen to them.
“I learned that I still have a lot to learn.” – Maya Angelou
©Cha Niki. 2019