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Albert Mar
big vocabulary but poor syntax

somehow I've managed to gain a bigger vocabulary in English than in my mother language. probably because all i listen to and read on the internet is in English but for some reason, when i have a thought that i want to phrase, i just don't know how to phrase it in the proper way. like, if want to say something ill say it but it just doesn't sound natural--it's not phrased how a native would phrase it. whats the best way to go about learning about how a sentence should be structured?



Feb 25, 2018 5:08 AM
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Beside the beneficial steps which others said to solve this problem I see you have to focus on improving your grammar skills additionally, the best way to structure correct sentence in English
February 25, 2018

It seems you should invest more on "collocations" than individual voc.

For ex. in Farsi we say "Go to home" but the English way is "Go home", "I went home" and the like.

Try to write down collocations, esp. those which are much different from your mother tongue.

February 25, 2018

I think you would make quite fast progress with a teacher who you had everyday conversations with, who typed corrected sentences while you spoke, and who reviewed grammar points with you at the end. You may need to do grammar homework on some issues.  You have had so much exposure to English that your brain would sort a lot of things out with targeted feedback. Even a tutor would be good but may lack the depth of knowledge of grammar.

You will have to be kind to yourself if you realise that you have been saying some things the wrong way for many years. 

There are lots of people in the UK (my country) who would benefit from this kind of work but not that many see the need, sadly. They are understandably too busy.

February 25, 2018
The same might hold the truth for any language including the native one. No everybody can express himself well despite his rich yet passive  vocabulary. The language should be used a lot and actively. Try reading and retelling/paraphrasing subsequently what you have read or writing the summary of it. Another way is translating in both ways, from your language to the targetting one and vise versa a few times. Read  books with the translation in your native langage. Or, try repeatiing what you have heard, mimicking and so on. Use the target language actively as much as possible. A lot of imput and also a lot of output. Do it regularly and enjoy it. Take lessons with teachers or tutors. Just use the language. 
February 25, 2018
As you sentence construction in English is different than in Spanish. It sounds like you need a tutor to help you with sentence building. 
February 25, 2018
Albert Mar
Language Skills
English, Spanish
Learning Language
English