The success of any communication can be judged on the result you get. You can probably communicate most things through facial expression, body language and a few choice grunts!

However, this blog is going to focus on verbal communication in English, the use of words and grammar, which goes alongside the non-verbal, to help you to get what you want in the way you intended.

Vocabulary is the largest part of any language, spelling and pronunciation the most noticeable but what holds it all together is ‘grammar’. “Without grammar, we are left with a jumble of words and word-parts and nothing makes sense.”  David Crystal.


‘Grammar’. Oh dear! Just the word has been known to send a shiver down the spine of many a student, mine included! But as Bill Bryson says: “English grammar is so complex and confusing for the one very simple reason that its rules and terminology are based on Latin – a language with which it has precious little in common.”

So don’t worry if you’re reading this in Japan or Saudi Arabia. Any native speaker will tell you that they didn’t learn English by studying terminology.

This blog is intended to make you think about English, after all, what comes first, the language or the grammar? The language of course. And if people want to write rules for it, then they can; but it doesn’t mean we have to learn them at the expense of ‘thinking’ for ourselves. See you next time.

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