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Intuitive Language Construction – Part III Grammar

Intuitive Language ConstructionWe are excited to continue sharing our language learning methodology–we call it the linguistic science behind the Mango Languages Online Language Learning Software.

Intuitive Language Construction was developed after looking at current products on the market and listening to feedback from users.  The one thing we heard over and over is that they wanted a program that was fun, easy, completely integrated, and that included the following components:

1. Vocabulary (Click to see previous post)
2. Pronunciation (Click to see previous post)
3. Grammar
4. Culture
5. Comprehension
6. Retention

In this post we are going to discuss the third component of Intuitive Language Construction…Grammar.  Grammar is the way the words combine to form sentences, and this is really at the core of what makes our Intuitive Language Construction methodology unique.

Many other language learning systems minimize the importance of grammar by teaching you simply to utter phrases and vocabulary rather than to carry on a real conversation.  I think this is so strange, because when I was in school all of my teachers stressed how important grammar is.  Unfortunately, it is underserved in most language learning tools.

Mango is different.  Because Intuitive Language Construction is based on real conversations, Mango students are continually learning sentence structure and grammar in addition to vocabulary and pronunciation and culture.

Mango incorporates a variety of grammar tools such as semantic color mapping, literal translations, grammar notes, and critical thinking exercises, which help users learn to adapt their skills and apply them to similar conversations.

They start to identify and recognize linguistic patterns, and they come to understand intuitively how to recombine the pieces they learn to construct new meanings.  The coolest part of it all is that this knowledge is acquired without the student even realizing they are learning it.  We really should call it “stealth grammar” because it sneaks up on you.  Grammar doesn’t have to be hard, but it is an essential part of learning a foreign language.

What do you think language would be like without grammar?

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    • Well…it wouldn’t be language! It would be words strung together willy-nilly with no conjugation, case, or agreement.

      Everyone seems to hate grammar, but I think I like grammar the best of all linguistic categories – because everything follows a rule. Once you learn the rules, you can say and understand anything. Even if you hear a sentence made up of completely new (or nonsensical) words, if it follows the rules of grammar you can get the gist of what it means!

      I learned a little bit of grammar in middle school and picked up bits and pieces along the way through high school, but my first grammar course was in college. I learned so much from that one class, and I understand my own language and the structure of other languages so much better now. Yay grammar!

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