（Contributed by Crystal)
My Experience with English Grammar
While I attended the University, I took a class called Advanced English Grammar. I wanted to reconnect with the structure of my native tongue and strengthen my grammar skills. I had already taken an excessive amount of literature, and writing courses, so I thought: “this will be fun, and refreshing, a nice little brush up for me”. I was underestimating the power, and depth of this course, drastically!
Most Japanese students of English would be shocked to know how little Native English speakers actually know about English grammar. You see, we learn the language from native English speakers, so we know how to use the language because we mimic. Unless we study English, as you have studied English, the native English speaker doesn’t know that they know what they know about grammar. We don’t know what nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, adverbials, helping verbs, being verbs, tenses of verbs or any other thing like prepositions, conjunctions, etc… are; ask the average English speaker what an adverb is, and they won’t be able to answer you. Oh, they can use it correctly while they are speaking, but they most likely won’t have a conscious knowledge that they even use it! Does this surprise you that you probably know more about English grammar than the average English speaker?
Let me get back to my experience with English Grammar. When I was in elementary school, back in the 1970s, we were required to learn grammar, sentence structure, diagramming sentences, syntax, etc… We had to know what we knew. We had to understand our own language, as we should have. So, from a very early age, I was taught the foundation of my language.
(to be continued…)