This week, I've been freshening up my grammar skills and I gotta say, I am having a blast!
I recently found this awesome site, -grammar-monster.com and I really like it! It is for kids, but I think grown ups can learn a lot from it. There is nothing wrong with going back to the basics! You would be surprised to find out just how much of that stuff you don't know or have forgotten over the years.
Like I said the other day, if you haven't been in a classroom in a while and haven't had someone to guide you, it's easy to forget everything you were taught back then.
I'm not only re-learning what I use to know all those years ago, I'm learning new things as well. English has always been my favorite subject, but I was mostly interested in the vocabulary part of it and I really just wanted to write.
I didn't like having to sit in the same spot for too long and I didn't enjoy listening to the teacher ramble on and on about things like verbs, nouns, adjectives, punctuation etc. At the time, all of that stuff seemed pointless.
I didn't like being told what to write, I always wanted to do my own thing and I'm still the same way, maybe not quite as stubborn. I like having the freedom to choose the subject I want to write about and write the way I am most comfortable, I am most comfortable writing from the heart. Teachers don't always give you that freedom. I understand they have a curriculum that they want students to follow and some of it you have to follow in order to graduate.
I do wish I would have paid attention more though...
Shoulda, coulda, woulda...right?
There was a lot we were not taught though, important stuff that I think we really needed to know, like history, government and real world stuff. We all had different disabilities some were more severe, but we were all put in the same category and I don't think we were challenged enough. They didn't really prepare us for life after graduation. I think there were plenty of us in the class who could have handled the more advanced stuff. I think not being challenged enough also had a lot to do with my boredom.
A lot of the content on this grammar site is stuff I was not taught, a lot of it is new to me. So, I guess that means I'm not smarter than a 5th grader, huh?
I'm just starting with the basics, though some of it is a refresher. I have always worked on my grammar skills, but it's been a while and I do tend to forget after a while. I just need to be more consistent.
I have been spending at least 3 or 4 hours a day, sometimes longer, studying whatever subject I am on. I don't mean 3 or 4 hours straight, I split it up. I won't pick more than 3 subjects at a time and I'm rotating subjects also, because I tend to get bored if I spend too much time on a certain subject.
At the moment I am studying 2 subjects grammar and human anatomy. Why am I studying human anatomy? for a very good reason! I'll be telling you more about that later this week!
...Q & A...
What is the one thing you struggle with most, when it comes to writing?
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