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On Learning Grammar…

Learning grammar in order to use a language is like learning organic chemistry in order to make a sandwich. Just because you could…doesn’t mean you should. Learn phrases instead.

Don’t Learn Grammar, Learn Phrases

So, I was learning some new words in Mandarin the other day. And, as I’ve mentioned in the past, I like to do things like use the materials that Taiwanese people would use to learn English or Japanese. It’s “working backwards” in a way, that is, not quite using books in the way their authors…

Grammar Does Not Exist 2

OK, so…a few losers had the unmitigated gall to question me (question ME???? QUESTION me???!!!), and were whining 😀 about the previous “Grammar Does Not Exist” post. Let’s clarify quickly how one would go about dealing with this thing that doesn’t exist. 1. Look at a grammar book if you want, but don’t worry about…

Grammar Does Not Exist

This the second full article I’ve written about grammar (this was the first). Hopefully I won’t repeat myself :D. When I tell people how I acquire (acquired) Japanese and Cantonese, the first question many immediately ask is: “but what about grammar”?!?! Yeah, what about that… At the end of last year, over the holiday season,…

Book Review: Understanding Basic Japanese Grammar

The book is Understanding Basic Japanese Grammar by Koichi NISHIGUCHI [基礎日本語文法教本 西口光一(著)]. に・ほん・ご き・そ ぶん・ぽう きょう・ほん ISBN: 475740168X You probably know by now what I think about textbooks and studying grammar. Textbooks are the devil’s spawn; studying grammar is a confusing waste of time in terms of actually teaching you how to use the language. Grammar is a “why”,…