• 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…

  • Grammar,  Language

    Creating a Language Framework

    Trying to learn a new language can be a lot like trying to drink from a fire hose. As I mentioned in the Language-Time Conundrum, there is simply an enormous amount of information – culture, grammar, vocabulary, etc. – associated with language learning. It can be extremely daunting at first. One of the early keys to success in language learning is organizing the language itself into more manageable chunks. I’m here to propose to you some of those areas to help provide a framework for language learning. Think of your brain as a complex computer operating system. When first trying to save a document you must select a folder or…