West Coast Times
Learning to speak English in Australia First published 30 August 2023
Steps to Learning English Grammar
Learning Australian English grammar can be challenging for newcomers. Here are five steps to help you learn more about the language:
Know the basics:
Start by familiarizing yourself with the concepts of English grammar.
Example Exercise: The best way to learn the rules of grammar is through experience. Read and analyze sentences from books, articles or websites. Pay attention to how words are used, their position in the sentence, and the overall structure. Try to identify the different parts of speech and sentence elements in the examples. Then practice by chatting with locals, such as your neighbors and other people you meet.
If you find that the person you are talking to has difficulty understanding you, correct your pronunciation if possible and tell them that you are trying to learn how to speak the language correctly. Most people are generally very friendly and will try to help you if they see that you have difficulties with the language. Although understand that if they are busy or distracted, they may not be able to help you.
Grammar exercises and worksheets: Use grammar exercises and worksheets that focus on specific aspects of grammar. Many textbooks and online resources provide exercises with answers. These help you practice and strengthen your understanding of grammar rules. Additionally, there are grammar checking tools and apps that provide instant feedback on your writing, which you can also apply to the way you speak.
Ask for feedback: Share your writing with others, such as teachers, peers or language exchange partners. Constructive feedback can help you identify and correct grammatical errors that you may not have noticed yourself. A conversation with a native speaker is also an excellent way to practice and improve your grammar skills. Also, make sure you apply the lessons you've learned when you give your speech.
Use grammar resources: Buy a good grammar reference book or visit an online grammar resource. These references provide detailed explanations of grammar rules, examples, and general usage guidelines. Refer to them when you are in doubt or encounter a difficult grammar problem in your writing and conversation.
Remember, learning grammar is an ongoing process. Don't be discouraged by mistakes; They are a natural part of the learning journey. Keep practicing and looking for opportunities to use your grammar skills in real-life situations, and your proficiency will improve over time.
These are some important steps to learn grammar effectively. I would also add that patience and persistence are important. Learning grammar takes time and effort, but it's definitely worth it.
Here are some additional tips that may help you: Start with the basics. Don't try to learn everything at once. Focus on the most important concepts first, such as parts of speech and sentence structure.
Enjoy the experience. There are many ways to have fun learning grammar. You can play grammar games, read grammar books written in a humorous way, or watch high-quality videos and note the correct grammar used by participants.
Some people learn by reading, while others learn best by listening or doing. Try different learning styles until you find the one that works best for you.
Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are confused, ask a teacher, mentor or friend for help. There are also many online resources to help you with grammar questions.
Learn parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections), sentence structure (subject, predicate, object), and basic sentence patterns (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory). Existing introductory grammar resources, textbooks or online courses will help with this.
We hope these tips are helpful on your journey to learning Australian/English grammar!