My view is that speaking a language is much more important than good grammar, especially for beginners. ThatвЂ™s why I advocate Speaking from Day 1, even if you do sound like Tarzan.
Even so, it's obviously important to learn good grammar – especially once youвЂ™ve reached the intermediate and advanced levels of a foreign language.
But getting all those conjugations and declensions into your head doesn't have to be a yawn-inducing activity. Believe it or not, learning grammar can be fun! (No, really.)
When learning is fun, not only are we more likely to attempt it, but we're more likely to remember what what we've learned.
So how can we make grammar fun? The same way we make most things fun: we turn it into a game.
Why is grammar important? As Jasper Fforde put it, "Ill-fitting grammar are like ill-fitting shoes. You can get used to it for a bit, but then one day your toes fall off and you can't walk to the bathroom."
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