If you are still in the process of improving your English. you and your teachers will constantly struggle between whether you should focus on fluency or accuracy. But, the fact remains BOTH fluency AND accuracy matter. You will need to practice both, and need to pay attention to both.
You may not need to use good grammar if you are only planning to visit an English-speaking country for a week or two. But, if you want to go to an English university, or live, work and prosper in an English speaking country, you will have to know how to use grammar properly. Even if you want to stay in your own country, and do business in English, you will need some knowledge of grammar.
Why is Grammar Important?
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Of course as new learners of English, you are aware of grammar and its many rules and exceptions. For many of you, it is the most boring part of learning English. But, try thinking of it as the bridge between your being able to understand only a small amount of the English around you versus almost all of it . .
Lisa McLendon has written an excellent article on Why We Need Grammar that expresses my feelings about the importance of grammar. If you want to understand why it is so necessary in your life, I recommend that you read it.
In meantime, let's get back to the whole idea of celebrating Grammar Day in a positive way. Visit National Grammar Day hosted by Mignon Fogarty. the author of several books as well as the popular Grammar Girl blog for all sorts of fun grammar facts, activities, poetry, a free-card, and a terrific interactive calendar with explanations for some of the more confusing issues.
.Grammar Girl regularly has podcasts on a variety of grammar issues that many of you would enjoy, so while you visit her site, check out some of her pod casts.
Also, enjoy the Grammar song "March Forth" ( This is a play on the words March fourth).
Here is a copy of the lyriucs to the grammar song and a quiz on the Grammar song.
Finally, how do you feel about the following questions?
1. Do do you think grammar is important in speaking? Why?
2. How do you think you can improve your spoken grammar?
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