We were compelled to follow rules as kids that our parents and teachers imposed upon us. As we grew into adults, we became responsible and now abide by the rules of the Government. There are rules at workplaces and there’s a rule that even nature follows. Basically, the point is, rules are everywhere and everyone follows rules.
The English language also has some rules and that is the basis of Grammar. Using grammar makes words easy to comprehend and brings clarity to a conversation. Without grammar, there would be no backbone or say ‘a structure’ to a sentence. Grammar makes the world better and it helps us comprehend all that is around us! As William Safire, an American Author states, “Only in grammar can you be more than perfect.”
We communicate non-stop at home, in school, with neighbors and peers, so grammar becomes an essential part of our lives and we can’t escape it. An eloquent speaker is more self-confident and is able to express his thoughts without hesitation. When traveling to countries other than yours, say you are flying from the UAE to America, having your basic language skills strong will help you crack a business deal or understand the history & culture of the land better as a tourist.
Another advantage of having the proper reading, writing, and communicative skills comes in handy when opting for competitive exams. Have dreams of studying abroad? Well, then better read voraciously and up your vocabulary skills, as exams such as CAT, TOEFL, and IELTS demand good knowledge of the English language.
Here is a list of advantages that you can expect in return for being a Grammar Nazi;
#1 Understanding people better
When you are able to grasp the intentions behind the person’s words, it becomes easier to understand the sentiments of people better. It gets us closer as a community, as human beings and socially uplifts our standards. Sowing the seeds of lasting relationships is also convenient, thanks to dropping the barriers of language.
#2 Appreciate Art and Literature
Comprehending the complex verses of a play isn’t a big deal anymore if your vocabulary is in check. Big Box Office movies, documentaries, theatrical performances, and skits, in some way or another influence our minds and we learn a lot from them. Classic films such as; Gone With The Wind (1939), Casablanca (1942), and Lawrence of Arabia (1962) are a must-watch in your lifetime. Excellent novels available in bookstores across Dubai and other GCC areas are; The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Quite popular in the UAE region, Alive Studios presents a unique concept of teaching conversational Grammar to kindergarten-going students through 3D animations. The experience is surreal and the classroom gets converted into a Zoo, where children get to interact with animals and learn Basic English skills. Now isn’t that innovative!
#3 Learning Other Languages is Simplified
Parts of speech, verbs, tenses, etc. are not only used in the English language but in other languages too. A foreign language like French uses tenses and verb moods to indicate the subject. Just like we have learned in English, the French equivalent to it is, ‘present’ stands for present tense, ‘imparfait’ is imperfect tense, ‘passé simple’ means simple past, ‘futur simple’ is simple future, and so on. We can see how closely the Grammar is correlated and thus many IB schools in the Middle East have an option for students to opt for French as a third language, besides, English and Arabic.
#4 Enhances Creativeness
If you have a flair for writing or want to be an educator, you can confidently opt for these career opportunities if you are well-versed in English. You can probably earn ‘name and fame’ by publishing a book, directing a film, being a news anchor, or writing beautiful music albums, all thanks to your enhanced English skills. What do you want to choose as a career option when you grow up?