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    Question Could we acquire the grammar rules subconsciously ?

    Hey, I am not a native English speaker and I always have difficulties to use grammar items correctly. I guess my native language which is Turkish, has a strong effect on me while creating English sentences. I admit that I need to study on grammar rules specifically but I think I'm too lazy to do it.

    So, Do you think one can acquire the grammar rules while s/he is dealing with the language in an informal context.

    note: I guess there are lots of mistakes in this post, too.

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    Re: Could we acquire the grammar rules subconsciously ?

    There are varying opinions on that. If you are living in an English-speaking environment, and immersed in the language, you may pick up a workable knowledge of the language without explicitly learning grammar. But even then, it would take you much longer.
    You're far more likely to recognise patterns if you sit down and study them for a while every day. But then, I love grammar, within reason, so I would say that. (Even so, Second Language Acquisition experts generally agree.)

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    Re: Could we acquire the grammar rules subconsciously ?

    Though I must say I have a friend from Denmark who is extremely fluent in English and she says she developed her knack for what "sounded right" by watching hours and hours of British television. She can't really explain the grammar rules, but her ear is just about always right.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Could we acquire the grammar rules subconsciously ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Though I must say I have a friend from Denmark who is extremely fluent in English and she says she developed her knack for what "sounded right" by watching hours and hours of British television. She can't really explain the grammar rules, but her ear is just about always right.
    That's what exactly I'm trying to do.

    I wonder, Did she take any prep-school courses or something like that?

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    Re: Could we acquire the grammar rules subconsciously ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Though I must say I have a friend from Denmark who is extremely fluent in English and she says she developed her knack for what "sounded right" by watching hours and hours of British television. She can't really explain the grammar rules, but her ear is just about always right.
    I am not a teacher.

    It's probable that she did some formal studying of the language as well, and built on that, no?

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    Re: Could we acquire the grammar rules subconsciously ?

    I believe she had as much English knowledge as anyone in Denmark who studied it in school. However, looking at the posts written by TcBurak, I don't know that her knowledge was any greater.

    She also worked on her pronunciation by recording herself saying lines from the shows. With the exception of a very few words, she would pass as a native speaker. What's funnier is that she can put on accenets as though she were from other countries - her "English-speaking Russian accent" is perfect. All from television and movies.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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