How to IMPROVE your ENGLISH GRAMMAR Quickly and Easily

How to IMPROVE your ENGLISH GRAMMAR Quickly and Easily

Grammar. Some people love it, some people
avoid it like the plague. Honestly, no matter whether you love it or not, you need it to
be able to communicate in English. In this video, I’m gonna show you how you can improve
your grammar quickly, easily, and without driving yourself crazy. Make sure you also
stay until the very end of the video cause I have a very very exciting announcement for
you. You know I don’t do announcements that often so when I do they are normally pretty
good, so please stay until the end of the video, you won’t regret it, I promise. So
before we get started with the first tip, I’d just like to say hello and welcome back
to any returning subscribers. If you are new to my channel then hello and welcome, my name
is Emma, this is my channel Pronunciation with Emma. I focus on British pronunciation
and accents, I also focus on grammar, vocabulary, culture, slang, pretty much everything related
to England and British English. So if all that sounds like your cup of tea and you’re
interested in weekly videos, then hit that subscribe button. Don’t forget to also click
that bell icon as well to receive notifications every single time I post a new video or I
go live. Tip number 1 is identify exactly what problems you have with grammar. So, be
very specific with this. Don’t just say “oo prepositions” “oo tenses”, okay, which tenses?
What kind of prepositions? Once you identify those you’ll be able to focus on those, correct
those, practise those, and hopefully perfect those. The next tip I recommend is reading.
Some books that I recommend are, of course, Harry Potter, I definitely recommend this
one. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. A parallel text which essentially
has one page in your target language, which for you would be English, and another in your
native language. And the last one I want to recommend is a graded reader. So you can find
graded readers with any type of story. This one is Frankenstein, and this one is Frozen
Pizza and Other Slices of Life. So, basically, they take normal books, and they adapt them
to certain levels, so you can find one that is your level and read that. So when you’re
reading, take notice of any structures that are new for you, structures that you’re maybe
familiar with already but they just need a little bit more practice and reinforcement
inside your brain. And start practising how to use those. How do you practise? You practise
with writing. So practise writing very short sentences using those things that you have
problems with. So for me with Spanish and Portuguese, I have problems with past tenses,
so I would write very short structures, very short sentences, just practising the past
tense. And I would keep practising and practising and then comparing my answer with conjugation
charts. That’s basically all I did. And once I practised, I would say after about 2 or
3 days, I got it. I was able to just use the past tenses. I remembered the conjugation
and the structures, how we use them, so actually, I avoided the past tenses for so long and
I don’t even know why. I essentially convinced myself that they were difficult and so I never
practised them. But once I faced my fear, let’s say, and I started practising those
past tenses. I got them and I’ve had no problems since. So with your writing, see if you can
find a teacher or a friend to correct those sentences and give you some feedback. If you
don’t have anyone to give you feedback that’s no problem, there are other ways. You can
download Grammarly which is essentially a plugin into Google Chrome and this gives you
basically, not feedback, but corrections on your grammar. Now it’s not going to correct
everything, but it will definitely correct any very obvious mistakes that you make. So
it’s good to get a little bit of feedback and the plugin is free. Now another way that
you can get feedback and corrections is by using a good and reliable grammar book which
has the answers in the back. One grammar book which I highly recommend is this one. The
English Grammar in Use book by Raymond Murphy. Why do I love this book? I’ll tell you. Now
I believe that investing in a good grammar book is crucial, honestly, I’ve seen some
grammar books out there that can just have the tiniest writing, so much explanation,
and then very little practice. But this, my friends, is the absolute best one I’ve come
across. The reason why I love this book is the way it’s organised and the way it explains
things. Actually, when I was becoming a teacher, so when I was doing my teacher training, I
used this book to help me practise my grammar. Because it explains things so clearly and
so easily and so well, I was able to understand it. Okay? So then I could start teaching.
That was many years ago when I did my teacher training, but I still love it so it just shows
how good this book is. If you are a fellow teacher watching this video you can also use
it with your students, so it can be used for self-study or it can be used as essentially
additional materials in your classes. The book is essentially organised into different
sections so it talks about different tenses, talks about prepositions, which I mentioned
at the beginning, that’s always a massive problem. There is a whole unit just dedicated
to prepositions, which is fantastic. Also, as I said, the explanations are so clear,
so each section is essentially organised where you have just the explanations, they are so
so simple. They’re so easy to get. So the explanations are on one page and here you
have plenty of exercises to practise everything that is over here. So one key thing to mention
with this book is that at the back we have the key, these are all the answers we need
for the exercises during the book basically. So it’s great for the teacher, and it’s great
for the student if they want to self-study. The book is also designed so that you can
choose any unit in any place at any time. Okay? So you do not need to start from the
first unit. I know some students, they start from unit 1 and they’re like “oh but I know
this grammar already”, that’s fine, skip it, it’s okay, that’s how the book was designed.
So if you have problems with, look here, have to and must, okay, maybe you have problems
with this. This is unit 31, so you can go straight to that, do those activities, practise,
check your answers at the back, see how you’re doing, and that’s that. Now if you’re not
sure what you need to study, what’s great is that there is a little test at the very
back of the book that you can do. And at the very back it will explain which unit you need
to go to to practise those things that you’re having problems with. So during that little
test at the back you can see what areas you have difficulties with and it will tell you
which unit in the book to go to to practise that, so it’s great. If you don’t know what
you have problems with, the book will tell you. Also, if you need a little bit of guidance,
right at the beginning of the book, there are the author’s notes so there are notes
for students and notes for teachers. They just give you a little bit of guidance on
how to use the book so that’s fantastic. A little bit of extra support there for you.
Now with the latest edition of the book there is also the ebook available which you can
download and you can use to practise your pronunciation and listening skills. So if
you’d really like to invest in a book I definitely recommend this one. I just, I can’t recommend
it enough. Honestly, I really can’t. It’s great. That’s all I can say. So I will leave
a link below if you’d like to purchase that, now, something really really exciting for
you, guys. Cambridge have told me that they will give away not one, but two copies of
this book, this exact book, to one teacher and one student. All you have to do is this.
In the comments below I would like you to tell me whether you are a language teacher
or a language student. Please tell me if you are one or the other, I know us teachers are
all technically students but do just tell me one or the other. Okay? And also tell me,
what is the part of grammar that you most struggle with? If you are a teacher then what
is it that your students struggle with the most? So on Friday the 22nd it will close,
we won’t accept any more, and we will choose a winner, 2 winners in fact. A student and
a teacher. That is it. So guys, get commenting down below, tell me, are you a student or
are you a teacher? Also, don’t forget to tell me what problems do you have with grammar
or what problems do your students have with grammar if you are a teacher? Go and tell
me those below, I’m so excited to read your comments and find out more about your struggles.
I may actually pick a couple of those and then talk about them in future videos. I hope
you have a fantastic week and I will see you very very soon. Bye bye.

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  1. Remember to subscribe for new videos EVERY FRIDAY! 🤓

    Be sure to watch the video until the end to find out how to enter the prize draw for a chance to win the Grammar in Use book!

  2. Hi Emma. Yes, English Grammar IN USE, from Murphy, is a good book and comes with a CD for exercises. Yes, I'm a student and have a chronic illness with English. That, why to have to practice for the rest of my life. 😇😀

  3. Emma, thank you first with your great efforts to bring light to several issue with English learning. May I have your Email plz.

  4. Hi Emma. well i am a student still focusing on grammar. For me grammar is a big concern. Trying to overcome by doing many exercises online and offline. Eventually your videos too help me in correcting sentences as per the UK english.

  5. Hello Emma, I'm a teacher trying to enhance my teaching and grammar skills. I have problems with conditionals. That's a headache for me. Thanks

  6. Hello Emma, My name is Daniel and I'm a student from Brazil. I have problems with prepositions and tenses. Thanks for sharing the videos. Regards from Brazil

  7. Hello my name is Odalis, I'm student, I have been studying english for two years because I want to get a job in english but I have problems with phrasal verbs and when I have to apply them in passive voice. Thank you for your tips that help me a lot.

  8. we studied grammar rules alot in classrooms… for 6 to 10 years. but we can't speak english well. so i think we asian should imitate the american babies to study english.. no grammar but speak fast and flowing wkwkwk

    AJ: forget grammar rules… forget boring text book…

    and i forget how to speak english wkwkwk

  9. i don't like grammar lesson but i like your teaching to improve my listening coz emma is a native british english speaker.
    too many american english teachers on youtube.. and they tend to attack british english classroom in almost in asian scool system.

  10. hi Emma! What a Fantastic video, so useful!
    I love grammar but sometimes I escape from those grammar problems.
    I am a student and my two main problems are the Mixed Conditional and the prepositions of place and so verbs +movement prepositions.
    Thank you again for your videos.

  11. Hello Emma. I'm a student. I have been struggling tenses and part of speech since I was in Senior high school. I have understood it but I forget it fastly. I really interesting to know how is the best way to understand and remember all these grammar. Thanks. And I hope I win this book hahaha

  12. Hi Emma! I’m a student and even if I’m now working in UK I struggle with prepositions and tenses. Thanks for your videos 😀

  13. Hi Emma, thank for your videos, it really help us to improve our English skills. I'm student. One of my biggest problem is using prepositions.

  14. Hi, I'm a student. I learn English by my own. And like many russian native speakers I have problems with Perfect Tenses.

  15. Hi!! I´m student. I have trouble entrenching the grammar bases, especially I have with some times… when I use one, when I use another (the structure).. the prepositions of course! Thanks ;-D

  16. Hi Dear Emma, I am from India🇮🇳. I like your teaching style, but i don't understand your language perfectly. Tnxx


  18. Hi Emma! I'm a student and actually I make several mistakes in grammar and I hepe correct it. So, I have difficults at preposition but yes, I'd like to improve at grammar structure. Greetings!! 🙂

  19. Hi Emma ☺ yes I very just watched again your video lesson with subtitles as you recommend me previously. It is just amazing ☺ fantastic and helpful 😉 your advice helped me so much. It is so useful to improve my listening, pronunciation and speaking 😆 I really like it. I actually enjoy, appreciate learning English with you ☺ best wishes ☺ laurent☺

  20. Hi Emma,
    Lovely video as usual 🙂 I am an English student and one of the grammar aspects I find most difficult is to remember with which verbs I should use infinitive and with which ones I should use gerunds.

  21. I am a teacher. My students have problems with prepositions. There are so many different ways to use them that it is difficult for them to learn all about this topic! Thanks

  22. Hello dear ma'am namaste 🙏🏻🧘‍♂️✍
    I am a student and face problems with spellings of words along with pronunciation
    Thanks for your all videos…⚘💐🙏🏻

  23. Hi Emma! I'm a student and I'm preparing for IELTS test. I usually have doubts with the choice of some verbs during a conversation. I need to practice on that.

  24. I’m a student, I have difficulties in creating sentences, how to distinguish between the verbs & noun because some words are noun and can be used as verb. Also how to use “had been”. Thank you great teacher

  25. Loved you tips and adore your channel. I am a student and have problems with articles, prepositions with adjectives, pronunciation, and writing long sentences. I'd love to win this grammar. Also, I'd love to hear you speaking Portuguese. Thanks for your help. 🙌

  26. I have the book called English grammar in use – intermediate (Cambridge) in PDF and I printed it. It is the maximum and helped me a lot.

  27. I'm a student but l also help other english learners with english grammar, but sometimes I get stuck with verb patterns when they are used with different prepositions. So I think I really need this book to help other english learners, hope you consider me 😊😊

  28. I am an English teacher and I am also an English teacher cause I am still learning it , I'll never stop learning it
    In term of grammar I've got problem with perfect past tense such as had been

  29. Thank you ma'am for sharing your knowledge… I'm an English trainer… I have already this book.. this book is magnificent..

  30. 🌻 Hi Emma❗ 😁 I'm a student and I struggle with prepositions and phrasal verbs 😩 Thanks for your videos 😻 Gratitude 🙏💚🧡

  31. Hola Emma! How you doing? =) I try to be a good student, but grammar is really difficult for me, especially the passive voice… it confuses me where to place each word and the verbal form. Thank you for your lessons, as always! ^^

  32. Hi how are you really I loved the English language because you and your account so good and your smile beautiful I hope one day I see you face to face please keep going ♥♥

  33. Hi emma.. I'm a student.. and I think grammar is one of my biggest fear in english.. I even memorize the pattern since I'm at high school but till now I can't even understand it properly 😓

  34. Hello, i am a pre-teacher of English Language ,so i can still place myself in 'student' position.I've got difficulties mostly in collocations and prepositions.

  35. Little late but im still with you and English
    I'm a student and I struggle a bit on/in preposition which you mention
    And tense past perfect.
    Homophone and likely similar words and rules
    It causes a huge problem as a non native speaker
    Maybe you can find what is my problem in this comment i wrote….???

  36. I'm a student and i think when i talk i confused with gramer i dont think fast enough in order to put the corect tens. Bue the most difficult for me is if sentences

  37. I am a student. I have been speaking English for 14 years but still struggling when it comes to telling long stories. I need to learn how to diversify my phrases to sound more like native speaker. Also, punctuation is confusing to me. English language has a ton of idioms that I have been trying to remember…Lol
    It seems this book would be a tremendous help for improving my English. Thanks for the recommendation.

  38. hey emma yesterday i saw your instagram story feed and it seems like you got a full pronounciation class i wonder is it available in your website ?(which course it is ? the online class or privee class ? ) thanks in advance always enjoyed your vidoes !!!

  39. Hi Emma ☺
    May I ask you the rule of the pronunciation about the s plural ending of the nouns. Are there sounds '/z' or '/s' like for the ed ending with the sound '/t' or '/d' other '/id'.
    Thanks so much for your time ☺ Emma. Laurent from southwest of france☺.

  40. Hi Emma. I am a teacher, and some of my beginner students struggle with word classes. They sometimes use a noun when they have to use the verb.

  41. I'm student and the hardest aspects of English are prepositions, phrasal verbs, exceptions to grammar rules and the phonetics.

  42. Hi Emma. I'm brazilian and I got a doubt. On the Led Zeppelin's song No quarter there is "They ask no quarter" No quarter is a idiom or slang? Thanks.

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