Why am I against correcting mistakes?

I have to answer this question at least twice a month. I am perhaps repeating the same thing again in this post. From first, I have kept on stating that all of you should try to speak fluently first. If I try to stop you each time you make a mistake then believe me you won’t be able to speak even more than 10 seconds at a stretch.

In same way, if I make a rule that all of must first learn grammar and only then you will be able to post here then there will be hardly any post from anyone.

A baby utters the first word at the age of 18 months (more or less I think). The child goes to school at around the age of 5-6. At first, they learn the alphabet. Grammar comes in class 3-4 and we learn most of the rules by class 8 (at the age of 13-14).

English is a compulsory subject for students in Bangladesh from class one to HSC (Class 12). From class 6 onwards, we have to study two papers of English (first paper and second paper). Have you ever thought that why you could not become skilled in grammar despite studying for so many years? Simply because you never practiced English writing seriously.

I can teach you grammar every day. Even more than that, there are many websites, books and YouTube videos in this regard. You even do not need my direction or guidance. Just buy 2-3 books from the market about English grammar and study day and night. You already did that when you were in school or college, didn’t you? So, do it again and check if you can become skilled in grammar.

You failed because of two reasons. First of all, grammar is boring. We tend to forget the things that we feel bored and we remember the interesting things in life. Secondly, without having the ability to use a language fluently, it is almost impossible to remember the rules of grammar. Yes, there are exceptions but exceptions are exceptions not rules.

Finally, all of you who have given time have seen real improvement and you are not afraid of English language any more. Keep on trying and some day you will not be afraid of English grammar either.

first published in e-Commerce World on 11 June

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11 thoughts on “Why am I against correcting mistakes?”

  1. Shafin Mahmud

    Right vaia, In many occasion correcting mistake many peoples even some teachers also try to criticise us. so we can’t write freely on our words. we become confused about our abilities. but search English give us an opportunity to show our ability. and everyone apprecited us even a little efforts that’s enhance our confident a lot. Thanks you so much vaia, You are one of the greatest teacher of my life.

  2. Alira Tanjira Alme

    Grammar is not important for us..English language is more important than it..if we try to be regular and practice regularly within short time we get a supreme situation where there is no bejal of grammar. .we easily can understand everything

  3. Pragmatic writing indubitably. Reasons are well defined with appropriate logic. We never thought like this way thats why we are behind and scare to write or speak.

  4. Loneliness naiym

    Yes sir you are absolutely right.
    since class 6 we read two papers subject in English but we never write one sentence from owners because we were stayed in fear.We never thought that English is an easy subjects more than others subjects (now I’m understand it).
    it was happened because our teachers were not qualified in English or they didn’t know how to overcome his/her students in English.
    I want to be a English teacher in a high school. I want to overcome them (Students) from English subjects.its my dream. I’m trying my level best to fulfill my dreaM.
    Thanks sir

  5. Grammar is essential but to get fluency in English language is more important for us. Without have a good command of reading, listening in a particular language Grammar have value of zero. Thanks a lot vaia for helping us to understand this valuable thing..

  6. Your writing is 100%right. firstly we want to learn grammar but when we see it is more boring then we don’t get pleasure our mind is intolerance.

  7. Md:Moshiur Rahman

    Yes sir,grammar can make a sentence more correct.But it’s for who knows english well.But if we start learning a language by using rules then it will be difficult. As a result after reading 12 years we didn’t learn english. So first we need to use english as a language for practicing and communicating then we need to learn grammar for correction. So I am agree with your thinking about learning english.

  8. yes sir, right, Grammer it’s boring , we want a fluently English speaker so practice more and more and sir your advice it’s very important for us our improve English.

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