All About Spanish Grammar
If you’re new to Spanish, you might be considering brushing up on your Spanish grammar. I’d strongly advise against that, though, and as you read on, you’ll understand why. If you’re like most people, the mere word grammar can strike intimidation into your heart. Images of thick, boring books and endless rules with countless exceptions might be dancing through your head.
The truth is that Spanish grammar is a bit of a fallacy. Actually, all grammar is a bit of an illusion. Human languages do not have rules. They have patterns. Native speakers of any language barely ever think about the “rules” of a language, and the patterns are just what sounds right to their own ear. In this regard, Spanish grammar is a lot like English grammar. Ask any native speaker what the rules of grammar are, and he or she will just stare at you blindly.
That said, if you’re really intent on the best way to learn Spanish grammar, here’s a few tips to help you out:
- Find the shortest, skinniest book on Spanish grammar that you can find. Don’t go for the thick, heavy book. Why? If you took any decent high school or college Spanish text book and sliced out all the pages that dealt with grammar, you’d probably only have 20 – 30 pages or so. Like I said before, grammar is not really about rules, but patterns, and you don’t need much to understand the basic structure of a language.
- Now that you have this skinny little book, ignore it for a while. Try to acquire some useful phrases or vocabulary set before you start reading this book. Once you have achieved even a beginners’ level, everything here will be more comprehensible and useful as the approach in this book is phrase oriented rather than rule oriented.
- Once you start reading your grammar book, read it through. If some concepts seem difficult at the beginning, they will become clearer upon a second or third reading or when your language studies progress.
- Use your grammar book as a reference book. It might be helpful to come back to some section if you have doubts or simply when you want to refresh some ideas.
- Follow the logical order or read sections. Chances are that your Spanish grammar book has been logically organised to make your grammar studies easier.
- Make good use of examples. Each time you read something in your grammar book, go back to the phrases you learned before diving into grammar and see if you can follow the logic. If you understand the example and its clear translation, it is very likely that you will have successfully understood the grammar rule behind it.
Hope that was helpful, and good luck in your studies of Spanish grammar!
To keep moving on Spanish, check out this post on Spanish adjectives, this post on Spanish pronouns and this post on Spanish nouns.