Grammar in Foreign Languages

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karip1
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Grammar in Foreign Languages

Post by karip1 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:41 pm

Okay is this an issue related to dyspraxia or just generally tricky for me? I find myself picking up languages very easily but the grammar just doesn't stick, even in English I always get marked down for punctuation and run on sentences etc.

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Re: Grammar in Foreign Languages

Post by Tom fod » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:16 am

karip1 wrote:Okay is this an issue related to dyspraxia or just generally tricky for me? I find myself picking up languages very easily but the grammar just doesn't stick, even in English I always get marked down for punctuation and run on sentences etc.
Regrettably I don't think it's not possible to provide a definitive answer to this. Yes short term/working memory deficits, which are common to dyspraxia could be in play, and these no doubt could makie things more tricky. I believe it is fair to say, this is not a difficulty that is exclusive to us.

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Re: Grammar in Foreign Languages

Post by Yossarian » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:49 pm

I think that this is just a matter of aptitude. I have the opposite problem. I have little difficulty with grammar, but I struggle to pick up languages. My wife is bilingual and I have been trying to learn her native language with little or no success.

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Re: Grammar in Foreign Languages

Post by Jenny3142 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:50 am

Learning a foreign language is doable. In some ways I consider myself lucky to have had German as a special interest due to my Aspergers. I literally didn´t shut up about it for years :D
Unfortunately I was unable to replicate the same level of interest for french, spanish or swedish, so I´m a firm believer that you need to have a certain amount of enthusiasm to learn a foreign language.
I applied the same way of learning a computer language to German. ie. learning the syntax first (grammar) and then the various functions (vocabulary).
Of course not everyone one learns the same way.

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