How to Learn Grammar Fast and Reduce Your Mistakes?
How to Learn Grammar Fast and Reduce Your Mistakes? Grammar is one of the most difficult but important elements of a language. For most people, it’s like a nightmare. For me, it was too. I frequently practiced out of workbooks, understood the grammar rules, but when it came to using them in a conversation, I still made some mistakes. Making mistakes is okay, but I kept making the same mistakes over and over again while I understood why my mistake wasn’t correct.
And sometimes when I was learning the conjugation of verbs, I had no problems with memorizing the endings, but I couldn’t exactly remember which ending belongs to which tense and mood.
If you have a similar problem, you are reading the right post. In the post How to Learn Grammar Fast and Reduce Your Mistakes?, I’m going to share with you how I changed the way I was learning grammar. I want to help you learn grammar more easily and remember how to use them in a conversation without mistakes.
Read the examples
Pay attention to the examples. Repeat them a couple of times in your mind. They help you understand the context.
Divide them into little parts
Sometimes it looks like there are a lot of grammar rules you need to learn. Divide them into little parts.
A list of 8 grammar rules is harder to memorize than a list of 3 rules. Learning grammar is different than learning vocabulary or learning any other thing. The shorter you make your lists, the easier you can remember them. If it’s a complex topic, focus on 1-3 rules a day.
Or divide them into two groups
You can also divide it into two groups. It helps you divide two similar topics in your mind.
For example, when you are learning por and para, focus a couple of days on practicing por and the other days on para. In case you’ve never studied Spanish, these are words that can mean by, for, to, and through. They are difficult for many Spanish learners.
Recognize them and write them down
Read books, listen to music, watch movies and do other activities for practice. When you see or hear how grammar rules are used by native speakers, you’re more likely to use it in the same way.
Cite their phrases and write them down in your notebook. It helps you remember the context of a grammar rule.
Make your own sentences that you will use yourself. You’ll be prepared to use it in a conversation with a native speaker.
For example, when you are learning that por in Spanish can be used as ‘through’, you can write a story in Spanish about one of your trips and how you traveled through a different city. The next time when you talk with a native speaker about a trip, you won’t make any mistake. You won’t confuse it with para because you already know that por should be used in this context.
Use the sentences
If you want to learn grammar fast, use your sentences in a conversation. Record yourself saying them, or speak with native speakers and apply what you’ve learned.
For example, during a conversation with a native speaker, you can talk about traveling because, in the previous point, you prepared yourself to talk about your trip.
Learn in a way that works for you
At the moment that I’m writing this post, I’m learning French. When I started learning this language, I noticed that learning grammar out of grammar books is not working for me. I started watching videos on learning grammar rules instead. It helps me memorize multiple uses of a grammar rule at once.
If you want to learn grammar faster, you should find out what works for you. Maybe, for you, listening to podcasts works better. Or learning with a teacher. Focus on the things that help you learn grammar fast.
I described in my post “How to memorize vocabulary fast?” that you can use so-called mnemonics to remember new words. Those are techniques that help you remember things faster. You can also use them to learn grammar!
Does the Spanish word para sound like any other word you know? In my case, in Turkish, one of the languages I speak, para means money. I know that para can be used when you are giving something to someone, or when you are speaking about belongings. I can make the following mnemonic, “Este dinero es para ti.” (This money is for you)
Mnemonics are helpful when you use your imagination and exaggerate the sentence in your mind. In this example, I can imagine money raining on someone and myself saying, “Este dinero es para ti”.
That’s just an example, you can make your own mnemonics.
So how to learn grammar fast? What’s important?
If you want to learn grammar fast, you should understand the context. Listen to native speakers, practice with examples, make your own sentences, use them, and use mnemonics to make them easier to remember. It’s important to make your own sentences because you’ll be prepared to use those grammar rules yourself.
Do you need some help?
Do you need step by step help with one of the things you are learning at the moment? I made a worksheet for you that includes all of the steps I mentioned in this post. It will help you practice grammar with context.
Take a look at Easy Grammar Worksheet and download it for free.