Studying Grammar: Is It Worth It?

Study English Grammar at Language Link VietnamMany 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:

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The IPA for Beginners

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!

Download the IPA for Beginners PDF and use it at home!

Key Points:

  • Phonemes are the sounds of English. Phonemes translate English letters into sounds.
  • With a dictionary and the IPA you can teach yourself how to pronounce English words, and where to put the stress
  • Phonemes are easy, quick to learn, and they will be your friends for as long as you are learning English

Reading is Everywhere

Many students think of reading as a classroom activity. But you can read anywhere! First, let’s look at why reading is a good thing:

  1. You discover new English words (vocabulary)
  2. You notice how sentences work in English (grammar)
  3. You recognize the rhythm of English sentences, and notice when things don’t “sound” right
  4. You can find out about other cultures
  5. You feel confident about your reading skills!

Here are some easy tips for getting better at reading.

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Best Websites for Improving Listening

Listening is the Key to Fluency!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!

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10 Tips for Learning English

10 Tips for Learning EnglishIn my experience, everybody can learn a new language, but some people are better than others. They are not better because they are smarter; they are better because they KNOW HOW TO LEARN.

Anyone can become a better learner. No matter who you are, you will become a better language learner if you keep the following ideas in mind.

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