Improve Your Grammar through These Ways!

Grammar is sentence structures which are constructed in order to make non verbal communication clear. Grammar is important, especially in English writing because English grammar has different contexts based on situations and periods. People who learn English usually find difficulties in mastering grammar.

Based on the description above, this article seek to share some tips to enhance your grammar skills. You can improve your grammar through:

1. Practice

 

 

 

The more you practice

The better you get

 

Those quotes may have similar meaning with “Practice makes perfect“. It sounds simple and convincing, but some people who want to master English grammar do not really believe the advantages of practice. They just simply answer the questions about grammar. After that, they do not take another kind of practice.

To master English grammar, you have to practice regularly. Through practice, you know your weaknesses which can be minimized. It is suggested to practice grammar with different kinds of practice such as cloze texts, re-order the sentences.

2. Concept vs Pattern

Which one is more important? Concept or Pattern? This question is still arguable. Some people may consider concept as the basic understanding to master English grammar while most people prefer keeping the pattern of the sentences in their mind.

It has been well-considered that every grammar has its own pattern. However, to construct meaningful sentences, it is also important to know the concept. Mastering English grammar through pattern will just like learning mathematics. Is it agreeable for you to use this tactic?

3. Reading

What is the effects of reading on grammar? This question may cross your mind whenever you read this article. Factually, reading can help the learners to understand English grammar.

Why? Because while you reading novels or any books, you can see how writers use the tenses, adjectives, adverbs, noun or pronouns. As an extended advantage, you will get some knowledge through this way.

4. Applying in your daily life

Whenever you have learned the English grammar, it is advisable not to spare it. While you spare your grammar skill, you easily forget the structures and concept. Another result of sparing the skill is the redudancy of sentences. Redudancy is the unimportant repetition in sentences.

Based on the facts above, do you still plan not to apply your skill in your daily life? Let’s think about it once again!

5. Feeling Confident with Mistakes

Most English learners are afraid of making mistake while learning English grammar. In fact, mistakes are the sign to be better than it used to be.

You have to feel confident in order to master English grammar. Making mistakes will not ruin your grammar skill because through mistakes, you learn how to construct good sentences.

Among those ways, which one do you prefer?

Do not hesitate to comment and ask 😀


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[Grammar] Simple Present Tense

Hello readers and visitors! Today I will discuss about grammar which everybody should have known, Simple Present Tense. Let’s discuss the concept Before going to the pattern of tense!

What is Simple Present Tense? 

Simple Present Tense is a tense which is used to talk about:

  1. Rutinity
  2. Habits
  3. Facts

For example:

  • I play tennis twice a week.
  • She always bites her nails whenever she is nervous.
  • Donald Trump wins the election against Hillary Clinton.
  • I usually drink a glass of milk in the morning.

Pattern

(+) Subject + Verb 1 +s/es + Object

(-) Subject + do/does + not + Verb1

(?) Do/does + Subject + Verb1

Notes:

(+) Positive sentence

(-) Negative sentence

(?) Interrogative sentence

Subject-Verb Agreement

I, you, we, they > use V1

He, she, it > use Vs/es

Time Signal

Always, usually, twice a week, every day, seldom, and often.

Notes to remember

When you talk about characteristics or professions, you should use to be in the sentences.

Example

  • I am disappointed
  • He is a teacher
  • She is angry

Pattern using to be:

(+) Subject + to be + adjective/noun

(-) Subject + to be + not + adjective/noun

(?) To be + Subject + adjective/noun

Subject and to be

I – am

You, they, we – are

He, she, it – is

I hope this articles helps all of you who have difficulties in forming Simple Present form. Keep learning and practicing readers and visitors!

4 Varieties of English You Have Never Realized Before!

English as lingua franca has been spoken in many countries. Some countries consider English as a foreign language while the others may see it as the second language. Every country exactly has different accent and pronunciation whenever it deals with language.

Since it sounds different from the native English speakers, you may claim those people are wrong in pronouncing and speaking. However, it is not about mispronouncing; it is because of the varieties of English. You may have ever heard about Singaporean English, American English, British English, or Australian English.

Among the varieties mentioned above, have you ever thought the other varieties which are possible and valid in certain countries?

After reading this article, you may seek to learn one of those varieties and it can be fun and enjoyable, Let’s check it out!

1. Hong Kong English

Hong Kong English is spoken by 2.88M people in Hong Kong. It is the combination between Hong Kong’s british oversea territory history and native Cantonese speakers.

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What makes this variety different from the usual English is the sentence structure used such as omitting articles “a” and “the”, interchangeable use of preposition, and the plural forms. Factually, most of the structures in this varieties are shortened such as “I wait you in the station” instead of “I wait for you in the station” and the use of vocabularies is interchangeable such as “I hear the music” instead of “I listen to the music”

2. Canadian English

Canadian English is used by 19.4 million Canadian people. It is the result of British English and American English. Based on some systematic studies, English in Canada connects with the varieties around the world known as “General American”

The specifications of this variety are distinctively known through composition, speech, and vocabulary. In composition, the term “as well” is commonly used by canadian. For the speech, they prefer using intransitive verb although the verbs are transitive such as “finished something” instead of “finished with something”. In vocabulary, they are commonly found to share the vocabularies with American English and it makes new meaning. For example general time off work as the meaning of vacation (American) and holiday (British)

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3. New Zealand English

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This variety is spoken by New Zealanders who are English speakers. It is found by the colonists in the 19th century. It is the combination of several varieties of English such as Australian English, Irish English, and Scottish English.

This variety adopts vocabularies from Australian, British, and American English. However, New Zealanders have unique phrases derived in New Zealand such as Aussie (Australia) and good as gold (All is well).

4. Jamaican English

This kind of English is used in Jamaica. It has similar dialect with British and American English, but the spellings are identic with British. The grammatical of Jamaican English is the same structure used in British since Jamaican are imperialized by British. Even British is also taught there.

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The vocabularies are influenced by American English. However, Jamaican English itself has their own words which are called “Jamaican Patois” such as duppy/ghost and vendor/hawker.

Among those types, which one is your favorite? Do not get confused with the original one and keep learning!

These Simple Factors Are Less Considered by Some People in Learning English

“Can I start learning English through imitating native speakers?” “Should I study abroad so that I can speak English as well as native speakers?” Have you ever heard those kinds of question? If so, you must be confused when you want to learn English.

Learning English is not about imitation or travel abroad. It is related to the some factors which influence the understanding about English. The factors are quite common, and I guarantee that most of the readers have known it. The factors are the four language skills which are:

Listening

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Listening is an activity to receive and convey the meaning of information got through audio devices or verbal interaction. It is categorized as receptive skill since the activity is about receiving the data. It is the lowest part which build the understanding of certain information. It is essential and must be trained because it influences the other skills such as speaking, reading and writing.

Learning English through listening is a good start because it helps you to know how native English speakers communicate with each other. Besides that, you can know the words pronounced by the speakers.

Speaking

Speaking is an activity which involves two or more people to talk about certain topics. It is interconnected with listening and reading. In contrast to listening skill, speaking is categorized as productive skill because it produces speeches.

It is also an important part in learning English because whenever you are able to speak, you can express your ideas and opinion.

It sometimes becomes a problem for learners because the activity involves performance and self-esteem. Regarding to the situation, learners may be embarrassed to speak English. Although speaking deals with performance, it does not mean that you can not speak freely! Be confident!

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Reading

Reading is an activity to seek and comprehend the information which exists in the form of texts. It is influenced by listening and speaking. It is considered as receptive skill since it has the similar purpose like listening skill.

This skill is then connected to language elements such as vocabulary and pronunciation. Since it is connected with the elements, it needs to be developed properly through practice. If learners can not read, there will have difficulties in conveying information and pronouncing words written.

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Learners, especially the young ones usually have difficulties in reading, and it makes them mispronounce the certain words or incorrectly comprehend the story which is quite long.

Writing

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The last but not least is writing skill. Writing is an activity which involves sensory motor skills to produce words and sentences non verbally. It is a productive skill which also needs regular practice besides the three skills mentioned before.

It affects grammar as the language element. Why? Because both writing and grammar deal with construction of words and sentences.

It is a problem for the learners while learning English because they are still confused of spelling.

Those language skills must be developed whenever people want to learn English. The skills are not just skills because it is connected to each other. After reading this article, are you still confused to start learning English? Learning English needs confidence, patience, and motivation, so do not be shy to try and practice! Be optimistic!

Introduction

English is a language which is widely used in many different fields such as education, travel, and hospitality. English is spoken in many foreign countries especially the United Kingdom and the United States. It is also known as the first global lingua franca. People from the other countries such as Indonesia and China learn it mostly. In Indonesia, English is considered as foreign language in the non-native English speakers country, and most people have difficulties in learning and using it. Besides the difficulties in learning, people then do not really know about the techniques used in teaching English. Walking With English is created to help learners and teachers to understand English and the teaching technique as well. This blog is also a media to inform about everything related to English. The specification about this blog will be explained in the sections below:

What is Walking With English?

Walking With English is a blog which will tell about everything about English such as learning, teaching, working, translation, and literature. It also provides the examples of lesson plan and learning materials. Besides the things mentioned, it shares the articles, tips and facts which can motivate the readers to learn English.

Why?

Walking With English is created for several purpose which are:

  1. To help people who have difficulties in learning and teaching English.
  2. To encourage learners to learn English continuously.
  3. To inform the readers about facts and ideas regarding to English.
  4. To ease the readers in creating the teaching-learning program.

How?

Walking With English will help the readers through the articles which will be updated regularly. The readers are free to read the articles and leave comments. It is allowed to ask some questions if there are difficulties. The readers can also request the topics for the articles.

The explanation above can hopefully help the readers. If there are any questions, do not hesitate to contact the owner. Thank you for your attention. Keep walking with English!