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[Ep. #12] ‘Difficult Grammar’ Is Utterly Irrelevant

In this episode, I talk about languages that have a reputation for “hard grammar” and the false belief that this has any bearing on the outcome of language learning.


  • You don’t need to study grammar to learn to speak a foreign language.
  • We learn languages backward (studying grammar rules before speaking) and this is why most people fail.
  • Natural language learning involves frequent exposure and heavy repetition of sounds – grammar rules shouldn’t even be a consideration.
  • Habit is key.
  • Natural dialogues are really all you need to work with.
  • Use incorrect grammar on purpose.
  • There is no difference between a language with easy grammar and a language with hard grammar.

Related blog post:

Read this article and also this one where I talk about this in detail.

Resource: One of the few tools I recommend that frees you from the shackles of burdensome grammar study is Glossika.

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Donovan Nagel
Donovan Nagel
I'm an Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator with a passion for language learning (especially Arabic) and simplifying language learning.
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