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BREAKING GRAMMAR AND STRUCTURE PROBLEMS


Many people still recognize that the most difficult thing in learning English is about grammar and structure. So, now, I want to share my experience in learning about grammar and structure by translating simple / basic phrases and sentences such as the sample below. I started by translating word “Apel”.
1. Apel
Apple.
2. Apel merah
Red apple.
3. Apel merah yang besar
A big red apple.
4. Sepuluh apel merah yang besar
Ten big red apples.
5. Sepuluh apel merah yang besar ditaruh di dalam kulkas
Ten big red apples inside of the refrigerator.
6. Sepuluh apel merah yang besar ditaruh di dalam kulkas empat pintu
Ten big red apples inside of the four-door refrigerator.
7. Bagaimana cara memasukkan apel merah ke dalam kulkas?
How to put a red apple into the refrigerator?
8. Bagaimana cara memasukkan apel merah besar ke dalam kulkas?
How to put a big red apple into the refrigerator?
9. Bagaimana cara memasukkan sepuluh apel merah besar ke dalam kulkas?
How to put ten big red apples into the refrigerator?
10. Bagaimana cara memasukkan sepuluh apel merah besar ke dalam kulkas empat pintu?
How to put ten big red apples into the four-door refrigerator?

Sound funny? Yeah, it because English is fun and every of us need to drill ourselves to reach the main goal of learning English: speaking and writing. Then, although grammar and structure are quite difficult, but it doesn’t mean that we may leave them. And, although the language is spoken and sometimes we can “ignore” the grammar and structure, but a perfect language will make us more confident.
Another way to learn “how to arrange good structure” is practicing to use simple expressions such as question. Now, do the following method:

  1. Ask your students to prepare a blank book
  2. In page 1, ask your students to write sentences that started with “Do”. For example: Do you live around here?, Do you like Bakso?, Etc.
  3. Write as much as possible until the page full. You can ask your students to divide the page into 2 columns: left and right columns.
  4. In page 2, ask your students to write sentences that started with “How”. For example: How many people are there here?, How is your family?, Etc.
  5. In page 3, ask your students to write sentences that started with “Can / could”. For example: Can I call you back later?, Can I take a message?, Etc.
  6. In page 4, ask your students to write sentences that started with “Will / would”. For example: Would you like to come to my birthday party?, Will he accompany her?, Etc.
  7. You can make more criteria
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