• Grammar,  Language,  Vocabulary

    Grammar vs. Vocab – Which comes first?

    Recently, I started a thread on a language learning forum and asked the forum members the simple question “Is vocabulary really necessary early on?” I posed this question in all sincerity based on one simple assumption: Vocabulary comes over time whether I like it or not, so wouldn’t a focus on grammar be a better emphasis in the early stages of language learning? Specifically, I thought it better to focus on such things as… – Verbs (past present and future tenses, participles, etc.) – Pronouns – Articles/Cases (including gender, if necessary) – Possessives – Little words like of, for, and, by, with, which, this, that, these, those, etc. – Question…