If grammar appears to be an insurmountable wall blocking you from language proficiency, this course is for you! Whether you are learning Spanish or Japanese, this course will take you through grammar terminology and simplify difficult concepts, all to bring you one step closer to language fluency.
Important topics include:
There will be quizzes, worksheets and other goodies. Together we'll start at the basic elements of language, and proceed into more difficult concepts such as the case system.
Don't let jargon get in the way of your language learning. Learn to use grammar to your advantage, and accelerate the learning process.
In this lecture, I'll give a brief breakdown about the contents of the course and how the content will be conveyed in the videos.
Today we'll discuss when you should start learning grammar? There are conflicting view points, so make sure to check out this video!
Nouns and Verbs, the two most essential building blocks of any language. Here's a brief review of them in English. But they have their own sections later on, too!
A brief quiz that goes over some concepts we learned with verbs and nouns.
These parts of speech modify nouns and verbs. Check out the video to see which ones modify what. It's an important distinction to remember!
Why not test your knowlege with a few quick questions?
Learn about the smaller words in speech - Determiners and Prepositions
Finishing up this explanation on parts of speech with conjunctions and interjections!
A brief review of all the parts of speech covered in the last two videos before we move on to the fun stuff. :)
Here are some examples of parts of speech that differ across languages, including the Case System.
Today we are talking about some differences dealing with Verbs across languages.
Some questions based on our lectures on differences between languages.
An explanation of the Case System as a whole. Remember - function is the key to understanding grammar! Be sure to download the Case System Cheat Sheet found in the resource section of this video! Add to and edit it to suit your needs.
Here are a few general examples that might help give you an idea of what the case system is.
Test what you remember from the general case system lectures.
The most basic case of them all, the Nominative Case and what it describes.
A description of the general functions of the accusative case.
What is the Ablative Case? Well, generally, it indicates movement from somewhere else.
A description of the general functions of the instrumental case.
Can you identify the correct case? English doesn't use cases like other languages, but the nouns still have to play the roles!
What is a verb and what information is packaged into them? What can a verb tell you about the action of the sentence? Or the actor (subject noun), for that matter?
What is conjugation, and how is it different across languages?
Is it okay to use passive? Well, it depends on your language. But this video will explain what it is, and what it's not.
What is verb valency? Why is it introduced as advanced grammar? Well, if you have problems with the case system, this is for you!
Here's a brief quiz over what we've talked about in the verb section of the course.
Thank you for taking this course! This video will summarize some ways to practice grammar we've discussed throughout the course. And I'll fill you in on some future add-ons!
-B.A. Comparative Literature, Linguistics and Translation at the University of Tennessee
-Graduated Summa Cum Laude
-Thesis involved translating a text from English into Russian and German.
German - 6 years
Russian - 3 years
Spanish - 2 years
Arabic (MSA) - 1 year
Japanese - 1 year
Hindi - 6 months
Modern Greek - 14 weeks
-German --> English translator, freelance
-Blog on language learning and translation - Catching Kefi
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