How can you practice your second language

Tips for practicing grammar:
Write your own textbook!


 

by Christine Tettenhammer

 
Do you know that? Sometimes working with a grammar textbook can be quite frustrating. You don't fully understand the descriptions of the rules. The examples are difficult to follow. The majority of the example sentences are constructed in such a way that you will never use them.
 
Have you ever thought of solving this problem simply by writing your grammar yourself?
 
That would have many advantages:
  • You would understand the rules of memory, otherwise you would not have been able to write them down.
  • You can memorize the rules because you worked them out yourself.
  • You finally have examples that you can really apply because you chose them yourself.
If you say to yourself “good idea - but how should I do it?” We have some suggestions for you:
 
Before you begin, it is a good idea to get a thorough reference grammar. (This blog article on types of grammars explains what such reference grammar is.) Ideally, you will then have two grammar textbooks from different authors on your desk so that you can compare.
 
Then pick a topic that you would like to describe in your grammar. It is best to start with a topic that you are already familiar with and about which you already have some prior knowledge.
 
Suppose you are learning English and you want the first chapter of your grammar to be called “The plural formation in English”.
 
Before reading any other grammar, sit down and write down everything you know about the formation of the plural in English.
 

Examples for your chapter

The plural formation in English: The plural formation of English nouns is very simple: Most words have an -s appended to the end in the plural.

 
Now you have a rule that you have formulated yourself and you really understand it. Now, of course, this chapter lacks examples. Now choose the vocabulary you need frequently and apply your rule straight away. Your chapter could then look like this:
 
The plural formation in English: The plural formation of English nouns is very simple: Most words have an -s appended to the end in the plural.
Examples:
a book - two books
a drink - two drinks

 
Now you should compare your grammar with the reference grammar. Is there more information that you would like to include in your grammar? If so, do not just copy them down, but make sure to use your own words.
 
Have fun writing your own grammar wishes
 
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