American english grammer and speaking book

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Please advice me with some books since I'm new in USA. I thought I would focus on improving speaking. I've started my college, I wrote some research papers. This is my first school in USA. Everything of papers was good except grammer and teachers deducted marks only for grammers.  I have completed high school in another country. I usually dont make grammer mistakes for writing small sentences. But, for research papers, I was writing big sentences, so may be I need to learn writing big sentences.

 

I know I can just google and find out helpful resources. But, I'm not sure what is good fit for me. I'm not sure if they are more than beginning or the books are old or for are just for kids. This time, I would like to follow one book or one website and finish all the syllabus from the book or the website. Which book would be good fit for me? If you can recommend a book for american spoken english, that would be great too.

 

If I just learn small pieces from many websites, I wont be able to understand if I'm done with grammer. If I can finish one great grammer book , I can understand that my grammer is complete. Even, I dont want to use old grammer rules that native people wont like.

 

Thanks for your help.

grammer book spoken american edited Dec 17 '12 at 15:45 Robi New member

It is up to yourself to decide when and if you're done with your grammar. Naturally, our prospects are related to our language skills. If we say, 'no more now', and our levels are not high, some job opportunities might be gone. I'd be curious about your opinion on a grammar without rules to memorize, feel welcome to have a look, it's free, http://travelingrammar.com

Teresa PelkaMar 03 '13 at 13:43

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Robi, you have two separate goals here – improved speech and formal writing. During normal conversation, we do not speak as formally as you will need to understand for writing research papers.  Most of us use slang, an informal style, and even incorrect grammar when we speak.  If your papers were written as the average native speaker talks conversationally, you would get very poor grades, I’m sorry to say.

 

When you are writing your papers, I suggest using as many tools as you can to help you correct any errors.  The writing software that you use, such as Microsoft Word, should have some features that you can turn on to check your writing.  I copied your three paragraphs into Word and it found more than a dozen errors, and I don’t have all of the features turned on.  A number of those were the same error, though.  You have misspelled "grammar" each time.  Grammarly has various software products that can help find errors as well.  Remember that software

programs can only do so much. They can flag potential errors, but it is up to you to determine if a change is needed. 

 

I believe that improving your skill at speaking English will eventually help you to catch some of your own errors.  I recommend reading as much as you can.  Novels and blogs of interest might help you with your conversational skills.  You will need to read other material that is written formally to help you learn about writing research papers.  You definitely have a grasp on the basics of English grammar – much better than many first-time people on this forum.  Sanjay has learned a lot since he began participating on this forum.  You might consider going through all of the questions that he has asked.  (Click on his name, then you will see a listing of all his questions.)

 

There are some here who teach English as a second language.  I am sure they will have some good advice. 

link answered Dec 17 '12 at 22:13 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

First of all, thank you so much for your advice. I understand all of your points. One thing is that I corrected every red line that the Microsoft word detected in my research papers. I fixed all spelling mistakes using MS word. Yet, teachers gave me feedback of grammar mistakes. But, I did not type my question in MS word. :) Can you guess what's kinds potential errors that MS word can not detect?

RobiDec 18 '12 at 19:58

I'm not in a guessing mood, Robi, but if you'd like to tell me, I'm all ears. My MS Word gives me blue and green lines in addition to the red ones. It depends on how many features are turned on.

Patty TDec 18 '12 at 20:15

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In my opinion, it is better not to study grammar rules. The best way to perfect your grammar is to repeat the sentence templates over and over again. There are plenty of grammar books available online. Will it help you in improving your language? I don't think so.  By learning grammar rules using traditional methods, you are  only cramming hundreds of new English words into your brain. I advise you to adopt deep learning.  If you learn anything deeply,  you won't forget in your life. On the finishing note, speak to the native speaker as much as possible and copy the same sentence and use it in your everyday conversation.  I don't know whether experts will agree with my suggestions.

link edited Dec 17 '12 at 16:08 sanjay Expert

Thanks Sanjay. I also decided not to study grammars anymore long time ago. After getting some points deducted in research papers, I decided to study grammars again. Sentence template seems a good idea.

Every time I speak to native speakers, I always listen to them carefully and that's really helping. In 10 months, I think that I've improved my listening by 30%.

RobiDec 18 '12 at 20:04

"Grammars" is not a word, Robi.

Patty TDec 18 '12 at 20:15

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