Mike
Community Tutor
Conversational English - Are You Into It?

Hello!  

Do you think it is easier to learn a language through conversation or through studying grammar and doing grammar exercises?  I know that different ways work for different people, but I am curious what people find to be the most effective.  

For myself, I feel like studying grammar creates a great foundation, but it is very difficult to apply in conversation because people don't usually speak in complete, well-structured sentences. 

For example, I notice in English that all of my friends say "I'm into it" when they like something.  If I ask my friend what he thinks of my new shoes, he will likely respond, "I'm into it." (or "I'm into them" if he is minding his grammar).  I just can't imagine that students would learn this in a textbook or in any grammar exercises.  This seems like something that you could only pick up in a conversation or maybe by seeing it in a movie or on TV.

Here is a video with a few examples of how to use this phrase if you are unfamiliar with it:

<a href="https://youtu.be/qVSGRxLUIdU" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I'm Into It - Phrasal Verb</a>

https://youtu.be/qVSGRxLUIdU

What do you think?  Which is your preferred method of learning a language?  Why do you think that method works?  

Thanks for reading!


May 27, 2018 6:31 PM
Comments · 12
i thinks , vocabulary is a step , grammar is a step , exercise is a step also .. but when you reach a good level .. you need to start practicing to gather all these aspects in your mind and to speak fluently ..
May 28, 2018

"I'm into it" isn't very popular anymore, at least where I live.

I think "Do you like my shoes?" is a much more common way to ask it than "Are you into my shoes?" I'd only ask the latter if I was trying to get a laugh by using outdated slang or making a pun.

June 8, 2018
Некоторые считают, что лучше начинать с разговорного языка. Часто происходит, так, что выучив грамматику, приходится заново учиться разговорному языку. Но после того, как выучен разговорный язык- проще учить грамматику. Так происходит в жизни, пока мы учимся родному языку.
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<table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" class="translationText" style="color: rgb(67, 67, 67); width: 319px;">Some consider that it is better to begin with a spoken language. Often occurs, so, that having learned grammar, it is necessary to study a spoken language anew. But after colloquial language is learned - simpler to learn grammar. So occurs in life while we study the native language.</td></tr></tbody></table>
May 28, 2018
I'm into it
May 28, 2018

I think it depends on the learner.  Everyone learns differently which is why it is so important that students take responsibility for their learning and understand what is best for them.

I learn better through conversation, which is why I teach it!  When I was learning Spanish, I picked up more from conversation than I ever did in my classes.  For me, having someone correcting/coaching/encouraging me when I speak is a big help.  Now that I am learning ASL, I notice that my conversations help me in class because I have already been exposed to many words before I officially learn them.  I know people, however, that really need the grammar side to progress successfully.  Neither is good or bad, and as others have said, usually we need a combination of both to really learn a language.

May 28, 2018
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