What is grammar?

What is grammar?

Right at the beginning of our new series on learning the grammar of a foreign language, we want to give you this helpful tip:

It will always be worthwhile for you if you first deal with grammar as a general term before you actually deal with the grammar of the language you want to learn.

If you think about grammar, you will quickly see the challenges, problems and difficulties you face when learning the grammar of a new language.

Therefore we ask you now: How would you define grammar??

Let’s start with an examination of the word grammar.

This word originally comes from ancient Greek. The ancient Greek word γράμμα [gramma] means translated Letter or written. From this word the term γραμματική [grammatics] has developed, which means the Art of reading and writing means.

Today we understand the term grammar as the teaching of the words and sentences (i.e. the rules system) of a language.

Foreign language teaching in Germany has for many years been strongly oriented towards Latin teaching.

And what that meant, many of you must have experienced firsthand: First and foremost, grammar lessons in a foreign language (regardless of whether it was English, French or Latin) were lessons in which the elements of a sentence were isolated and to be able to name it with a Latin term.

"What is the predicate / subject / adverbial definition of this sentence?" – This was, for example, a series of typical questions that were often asked of me as a student. Quite often it was difficult for me to answer these questions.

When I learn languages ​​today, the first thing I look at is how the new language differs from my mother tongue.

I constantly ask myself the question "What is different here than in German?" – the lucky side effect is that I am constantly learning new things and interesting things about my mother tongue, or I am becoming aware of them again. In this way I can also sharpen and improve my expressiveness in German.

Conversely, I often see parallels between the foreign language and my mother tongue. Of course, that’s a great motivation to be able to say "It’s like in German!" – I already have the feeling that I have learned something today.

This approach has now become established in many schools and grammar lessons are often more enjoyable for students today than previous generations.

Learning grammar can and should be fun! In the following articles, we want to provide helpful tips and useful tricks for people who learn a foreign language through self-study to work and learn with and from grammar in a contemporary manner.

by the way grammar . did you know?

  • “Grammar” is the name of a Polish hip hop group from Warsaw!
  • Grammar is one of the Septem Artes Liberales (German of the seven liberal arts). In ancient times, the Seven Liberal Arts were the Canon of subjects that an educated, free man should master. In the field of grammar, the free (and not dependent on the practice of a craft or a profession to ensure his livelihood) dealt with the language and language structure of Latin and read and studied the classical authors such as Catull and Ov >Learn interesting links about grammar

If you want to read more about grammar, you should of course look forward to the upcoming articles on this blog.

If you want to shorten the waiting time, you will find interesting, further links here:

  • The entry for the keyword “grammar” in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia can be found here.
  • Quotes on "grammar" can be found here. Here you can read, for example, that Arthur Schopenhauer coined the saying that grammar relates to logic, like the dress to the body.
  • Of course, it is also worthwhile to visit the grammar portal of Sprachmachen24. There you will find grammars of English, French, Spanish, Czech and Arabic and a detailed glossary of basic grammar terms.

We hope you enjoy learning the grammar

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Christine Tettenhammer is the editor-in-chief of Sprachmachen24.

Together with her editorial team, she is responsible for the Language Learning24 blog, oversees the editorial development of grammars and develops new software concepts.

Christine studied communication science, American studies and modern German literature from 1999 to 2004 at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.
She is a trained speaker and lends her voice to all of our German recordings.
In her free time, Christine can be found on Munich’s oldest, still playing amateur stage.

She speaks English, Bavarian, Portuguese and Spanish – and also has a basic knowledge of French, Croatian and Chinese.

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