Colorless green ideas sleep furiously

"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."

— Noam Chomsky

colorless-green-ideasHow important is grammar? Here’s a famous sentence that is completely correct grammatically, but that makes absolutely no sense. It illustrates in a very simple way how grammar is not nearly as important as most traditional English schools would have you believe.

Vocabulary is much more important than grammar when learning a language. Learning even a little bit of vocabulary can allow you to communicate. For example, it would be grammatically correct to say, “I’ve visited the zoo in the past.” But you could say, “I go zoo before,” and most English speakers would know exactly what you mean.

Vocabulary building is a key goal in the All English program.

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