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is grammar important in speaking when u r in the beginning of learning a forein language ?

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Base language: English
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    yes, i think it's very important in order to construct correct sentences and to understand the basically differences between your native language and the foreign language you want to learn.
    also irregular verbs are very important if you want to speak fluently.So grammar is the first step,
    i think!
    ciao.fede

    Ni hao Ada,
    Yes it is very important . At the very beginning you will start probably learning how to pronounce and some essential greetings, words and simple verbs in the present tense. At this very early stage you will acquire simple grammatical rules. With increasing your vocabulary gradually you will need to learn more grammar simultaneously to be able to conjugate the verbs you use in the proper tense (even in Chinese,*where there are almost no tenses *you would be using “了 “ or "guo" to indicate the past tense sometimes.)
    You will need to know the correct pronouns and prepositions to form comprehensible sentences . If you just acquire vocabulary without learning grammar adequately your sentences wouldn't make sense.
    For example :
    I go for he last week at ride .
    This sentence is wrong and could be hardly understood and the meaning will be only guessed.
    The correct sentence using the correct preposition ,tense and verb conjunction would be :
    Last week I went riding with him. or Last week I went with him for a ride
    Here is a link you might like to check for learning English grammar:
    http://englishgrammar101.com/
    http://www.edufind.com/english/Grammar/toc.cfm
    http://papyr.com/hypertextbooks/grammar/
    Best Wishes:)
    If you are not a native speaker you need grammar to be able to construct sentences correctly.

    In Finnish you almost have to know the grammar or else you can't parse what the words are.
    No, No, NO! ;)) Not for learning English. Just start talking and listening!!!

    Do not think about grammar! Think about the LISTENER. Can that person understand your English or not? Do not be afraid of making any mistakes! There is no need to be anxious when learning a language, unless the grammar police are around! You can learn a LOT of the grammar by repeated exposure to many examples WITHOUT studying it!

    You are hereby forbidden to sit down with a grammar book until you have been talking a while, and then you feel you want to investigate why something that *you already know how to say,* is said that way!

    In English, you can be understood even without much knowledge of grammar. That is, you only need the basic syntax [sentence structure] and some vocabulary to get most meanings across!

    At the very beginning, just focus on communicating to fulfill some concrete [able to be seen] purpose!

    If you want a glass of water, for example, you might start with saying, "Please, water," or "give water?" You will acquire (pick up) language patterns from the examples of those with whom you are speaking. Then later, when you WANT to study grammar, you can examine the example patterns you have already picked up.

    If a beginner concentrates on grammar, it will likely get in the way of communication and conversational acquisition. The anxiety associated with active monitoring for grammatical accuracy has been termed the 'affective filter.' (Stephen Krashen) [Affect not Effect] Those interested in the theory might read Asher Terrell or Stephen Krashen.

    I had gotten pretty good, and picked up the correct grammar, in oral conversations in two different languages I learned as an adult (besides, of course, my native language of English)- before looking at a single grammar rule! It will be even more true for you with English!

    Good luck and most importantly, HAVE FUN!
    Hey ada and all.

    Well, we can see the two extremes in the debate here, from "yes, grammar is extremely important" to "no, you don't need it at all". A middle ground might be sought and this middle ground will depend on the student of English and the working relationship he/she has with the teacher.

    If grammar is used wisely to identify categories of words and placement of words into their slots in the oh-so-important word order of English utterance, if it is used to describe clearly how English speakers organize their thoughts before spitting them out orally, then grammar can be a useful tool in preparing your own thoughts and speaking. First spend time thinking about what you would like to communicate, then try to imagine how an English speaker would think about it, then try to structure those thoughts using those basic English structures, then spit it out.

    If grammar is the main focus of the study, unless you are really interested in all the exceptions to the "rules", it can become a road-block to actual communication. Native speakers do not pass their utterances through a conscious grammar before speaking. Constructing a grammar filter based on prescriptive rules can inhibit intuitive confidence in communication. Finally, when the non-native insists on correct grammar in communication, he/she will find that native speakers are using their intuition, learned through years of practice with the language, and not always following those neat "rules" outlined in the books.

    If you enjoy language study, then "grammar" in all its aspects is a part of that study and can be quite interesting. If, however, your main objective is speaking and understanding, then grammar can serve as a guideline or a starting point, but actual repetition of meaningful utterances will serve better your needs. You and your teacher have to find the compromise between the "rules" and the "usage" to fit and achieve your goals.

    peace,
    Mr Spears.

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