In each language (not only English), you’ll have many different grammar points, but should you study all of them? It shouldn’t if you don’t want to waste your time.
In your mother language, are you sure that you know all the grammar points? The answer is definitely “No”. In fact, you’re almost no need to study all grammar points, but you still speak your mother language naturally and fluently.
It’s the same in English, you don’t need to study all grammar points to communicate English naturally and fluently.
If you want to speak English naturally and fluently, stop learning grammar. If you learn grammar so much, you can’t speak an English sentence out easily. It’s because you must keep your sentence in correct grammar and it’ll take you so much time to speak it out. There’s nothing wrong if you learn grammar so much but it’s not helpful if you want to master English speaking quickly.
If you want to speak English naturally and fluently, practice speaking frequently and forget grammar. Otherwise, grammar for Speaking is simple and if you can understand the most important structure below and pass the exam “Test your English level“, it means you have enough grammar for learning Listening and Speaking skills.
In English, the most important structure is:
S + V + O1 + O2
- I give you an apple S + V + O1-person + O2-thing
- I give an apple to you. S + V + O1-thing + to + O2-person
- I don’t give you an apple. S + don’t + V + O1-person + O2-thing
- Do you give me an apple? Do + S + V + O1-person + O2-thing ?
- Who do you give an apple? Who + do + S + V + O1-thing ?
In English, the grammar is the combination of the major components such as Subject (S), Verb (V), O (Object) and if you know this combination, it means you have enough grammar to learn English speaking skill efficiently.
Unlike English writing (require high accuracy), English speaking only requires you know how to express your idea so that other people can understand. if you can understand 5 examples above, you have enough ability to learn to speak English naturally and fluently.
Look at 5 examples above:
Example 1 & 2: describe relationship between O1-person and O2-thing
If O1-person is in front of O2-thing , we don’t use preposition“to”.
If O1-thing is in front of O2-person, we must you preposition“to”.
Example 3: a negative sentence, it’s described by “not”.
Example 4: Yes/No question, and you will see V in front of O.
Example 5: W-H question and you will see “Who” and V in front of O.
Do you understand this structure? I’m sure you’ve mastered it strongly, but why can’t you speak English? There are two main reasons:
You don’t have enough necessary vocabulary for English communication.
You never practice communicating English (or don’t know an efficient method to practice communicating English).
You can’t speak English naturally and fluently because you can’t handle these two problems.
Someone asks me “If I don’t learn grammar, how can I speak a correct sentence in English?” Practice makes perfect, everyone has mistakes when they try to speak English naturally and fluently (include me) and by practicing, the mistakes decrease and then you’ll have no mistake at all.
What happens if you don’t practice? You maybe perfect in grammar for exercise but you never speak out a perfect sentence in English. Otherwise, are you sure that you never make any mistake in grammar? How can you make it perfect? Is it by practicing with many mistakes? It’s the same if you want to speak English naturally and fluently.
The last problem:
Many English learners learn vocabulary and try to put many single words together to create a proper sentence. It’s amazing how many single words they can remember, but they can not create a proper sentence. The reason is because they didn’t study phrases. When children learn a language, they learn both words and phrases together. Likewise, you need to study and learn phrases.
If you know 1000 words, you might not be able to say one correct sentence. But if you know 1 phrase, you can make hundreds of correct sentences. If you know 100 phrases, you will be surprised at how many correct sentences you will be able to say. Finally, when you know 1000 phrases, you will be fluent in both English Grammar and English Speaking.
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