Master The Grammar of Any Language
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Master The Grammar of Any Language

Decoding Grammar for Language Learners
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Created by Kelsey Ray
Last updated 2/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify common grammar terms
  • Recognize the function of grammar categories
  • Implement grammar-related strategies in language learning
  • Feel confident in their ability to learn and apply grammar
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  • This course is suitable for beginners - no prior knowledge is necessary.
  • This course focuses on language learning from the perspective of a native English speaker; as such, some items discussed are more difficult for English speakers than others and are covered in more detail.
  • The contents of this course may apply to any language you are learning. However, no one specific language is covered in absolute detail.

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:

  • Parts of Speech (The Building Blocks)
  • The Case System
  • Particles
  • Postpositions
  • Verb tenses, aspect and mood
  • And much more!

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for aspiring polyglots, traditional language students, hobby linguists or even professionals learning a language for work.
  • If you need help understanding grammar, this is for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Introduction: What To Do About Grammar
11 Lectures 01:05:02

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.

Preview 03:46

Today we'll discuss when you should start learning grammar? There are conflicting view points, so make sure to check out this video!

Preview 03:20

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!

Preview 08:08

A brief quiz that goes over some concepts we learned with verbs and nouns.

Verbs and Nouns
4 questions

Pronouns, Adjectives and Adverbs:

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!

Parts of Speech: Pronouns, Adjectives and Adverbs

Why not test your knowlege with a few quick questions?

Pronouns, Adjectives and Adverbs
3 questions

Learn about the smaller words in speech - Determiners and Prepositions

Parts of Speech: Determiners and Conjunctions

Finishing up this explanation on parts of speech with conjunctions and interjections!

Parts of Speech: 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. :)

Parts of Speech: Review

Here are some examples of parts of speech that differ across languages, including the Case System.

Language Differences: Cases Instead Of Word Order

Today we are talking about some differences dealing with Verbs across languages.

Language Differences: Intro to Verb Conjugation Differences

Today we are talking about some differences dealing with prepositions across languages.
Language Differences: Particles and Postpositions

Some questions based on our lectures on differences between languages.

Language Differences
4 questions

  • Practice strategy for deconstructing a sentence and getting the meaning - without full vocab and only using select grammar rules.
  • Learn to apply what you know about grammar.
  • This is implies the importance of a grammar journal. Don't forget to download the worksheets needed for this video exercises from the associated resources.
Workshop 1: Decoding Simple Gibberish
The Case System: Why Does It Exist?
10 Lectures 30:56

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.

An Introduction to the Case System

Here are a few general examples that might help give you an idea of what the case system is.

The Case System: General Examples

Test what you remember from the general case system lectures.

The Case System
3 questions

The most basic case of them all, the Nominative Case and what it describes.

Nominative Case

A description of the general functions of the accusative case.

Accusative Case

A description of the general functions of the genitive case.
Genitive Case

A description of the general functions of the dative case.

Preview 03:12

What is the Ablative Case? Well, generally, it indicates movement from somewhere else.

The Ablative Case

A description of the general functions of the vocative case.
Vocative Case

A description of the general functions of the locative/prepositional case.
Locative/Prepositional Case

A description of the general functions of the instrumental case.

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!

The Specific Cases
8 questions
Verbs: Action Is Complicated
4 Lectures 18:12

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?

An Introduction To Verbs

What is conjugation, and how is it different across languages?

Verb Conjugation

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.

Passive vs Active

What is verb valency? Why is it introduced as advanced grammar? Well, if you have problems with the case system, this is for you!

Verb Valency

Here's a brief quiz over what we've talked about in the verb section of the course.

6 questions
Conclusion: Everything Must End
1 Lecture 04:43

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!

Conclusion: What To Do Next & This Course In The Future
About the Instructor
Kelsey Ray
4.4 Average rating
12 Reviews
159 Students
1 Course

Higher Education:
-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.

Language Experience:
German - 6 years
Russian - 3 years
Spanish - 2 years
Arabic (MSA) - 1 year
Japanese - 1 year
Hindi - 6 months
Modern Greek - 14 weeks

Current Projects:
-German --> English translator, freelance
-Blog on language learning and translation - Catching Kefi
-Budding web developer