Make Learning Grammar Fun

Learning Grammar is not usually fun. Today we’re going to talk about how to Make learning Grammar fun in a couple of steps. This is something I personally use to make learning grammar fun, so it’s not some sort of “5 steps to lose 28lbs of fat by tomorrow” story or anything. It requires two items, providing you already have pen and paper.

These two items are readily available. You probably have them right now.

Oh, you’ll also need a grammar book to get the actual grammar rules.

How to Make Learning Grammar Fun: Item One, Exercise One.

Item one is a pair of scissors. Exercise one is simple. We’re going to get our grammar book and make some simple sentences. Say we’re trying to learn the past simple tense in English:

He walked to the shops.
She danced under the moonlight.
They Grabbed an ice-cream from the man.

So on and so forth. We’re going to use our scissors to cut them up. So we have words on different pieces of paper. Then we’re going to mess them up and organise them, just like a child would. Then we’re going to get another piece of paper. We’re going to re-arrange them. Not only back into their original sentences, but into new ones.

“He walked under the moonlight.”
“She danced to the shops.”
“He walked from the man to the shops.”
“The man grabbed an ice-cream.”

When I’ve said before on this blog about turning the sentences you know into countless other ones, I wasn’t joking. The three sentences above can be used to create many more sentences. You can also re=use them when you go to the next grammar rule in your book.

Make Learning Grammar Fun: Item Two

Item two is a stopwatch, or a stopwatch app on your phone/tablet/computer. You can go to online-stopwatch.com if you’re looking for a free one, so there’re no excuses. The stopwatch turns any exercise into a game. A game that gets more fun the more you play it. When I was in school, our teacher would have us complete multiplication tables.

The teacher turned it into a competition by adding a time limit. Who ever did the whole table with no mistakes first won. This made memorising our tables secondary to doing it quickly, taking the pressure off entirely. It made it exciting every time.

With grammar, you obviously need to know it inside out before you can make new sentences. That’s why it’s so powerful to use a stopwatch. When you can make a sentence containing a grammar point in a couple of seconds and can write a whole page of examples in under a minute, then you know you’ve mastered the point. If it takes you ten minutes today, try it tomorrow and just see if you can get one minute quicker. By the end of the week, chances are you’ll have mastered it.

You can use this with the first exercise or just write. You can also use speed as a goal when you’re learning verb conjugations: The quicker you can write down all permutations of a verb, the better.

This is just a couple of easy examples of how to make learning grammar fun. I’ll probably go into more details at some future point in the blog, but this is a go-to post for now. Every time i write about grammar, I’ll link to this article. There’s no excuse for being boring and finding grammar boring now.

Language Bug

  • Stephanie says:

    I use the cut-up sentences method all the time with my students, both young and old. But – for some odd reason – I’ve never even thought to use it in my own study. Interesting!

    • languagebug says:

      It’s definitely worth trying if only to show you how much you already know.

      I’ve found that the way to make most learning interesting is by mimicking how we learn as children. I guess this would depend on whether you actually found school and learning fun when you were little. I did, so I copy how I learned as a child.

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