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[Ep. #3] Grammar Study Really Isn’t Necessary

Most language education is completely backward.

In this episode, I talk about the why a grammar-first approach is totally unnatural and ineffective. You don’t need to study grammar in order to speak a foreign language.

Liberate yourself from outdated methods and start enjoying language learning.


  • Children don’t study grammar or literacy until long after they’re already fluent speakers.
  • The idea that we can’t adopt strategies from kids is nonsense.
  • I cover exactly how you can learn a language without getting bogged by grammar books.
  • I go into what ‘language chunking‘ is.

Related blog posts:

I wrote an article about you don’t need to study grammar in order to speak a foreign language. There’s also this post.

Resource: If you’re interested in the methodology and research behind ‘chunking’, read The Lexical Approach by Michael Lewis.

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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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