Many students believe that studying grammar is the best way to learn English. I disagree! Grammar helps you pass tests, and at some level it may help you understand the language. But if you want to learn English, studying grammar is not the best way.
Why is this? Language is for communication. It is not a collection of rules. When you study grammar, you avoid communicating with another person, and this is why some people may know all the rules of a language…but still cannot speak it.
Bad Reasons for Studying Grammar I believe the main reasons people study grammar have nothing to do with learning:
The IPA is the International Phonetic Alphabet. Watch this video to learn about phonemes, and how the IPA can help you improve your English pronunciation. Make sure you have your speakers turned on so you can hear the audio!
Think of how you learned your native language. You listened for a long time before you ever began to speak. Reading and writing came much later.
Of all the skills, listening is the skill that helps you develop fluency: the ability to speak naturally. But just as you learned your native language, you need to listen a lot more than you speak. The sooner you get into the habit of listening to English, the faster you will develop your skills.
There are thousands of websites that will help you build your English listening skills. But how do you know which sites are good? And do you know how to use them?
The websites below are all excellent quality and will help you improve. We’ve included some notes to help you use these sites effectively. Happy listening!