Even after learning grammar in school, many of us (me included), make simple grammatical errors. But guess what, it’s never too late to start improving your grammar. Now, aided by technology, studying grammar has never been this fun, easy and interactive. You have access to blogs, apps, podcasts, videos and even social media pages, all created with the aim of helping you improve your grammar. Most of the resources recommended in this list are free, barring the professional courses that provide you with certification. What you waiting for, get your grammar nerd on!
(Video by Guilherme Furtado from the Noun Project)
If you are a visual learner, then you’re in luck- many YouTube channels are dedicated towards helping you improve your language and grammar. Emma’s mmmEnglish has a video for every aspect of grammar, including prepositions, tenses, voices, model verbs, etc. Her interactive and relatable way of teaching is a bonus. If you are not a non-native English speaker, then look up Learn English With Let’s Talk. It is a platform where a number of experts teach you grammar, along with lessons that help improve your English, in a classroom format. And lastly, those of you who are interested in clearing the CAE, PET, FCE and IELTS exams, should definitely look at Oxford Online English, as the teachers in these videos will teach you all that you need to know.
(Podcast by monkik from the Noun Project)
Listening to podcasts is the newest trend in the market, and many experts have created some fantastic grammar podcasts. They stimulate learning and can be heard anywhere. A member of the Podcasting Hall of Fame and winner of numerous awards, Grammar Girl is one of the best podcasts for grammar. With episodes such as ‘Apostrophe Catastrophe’ and ‘Hyphens in Ages’, all our grammar needs are easily met. While VOA’s Everyday Grammar uses a more formal way to teach the basics of grammar, Grammar Matters And Stuff That Isn’t Funny goes the funny route- it’ll teach you grammar while making you laugh.
(Book by Lars Meiertoberens from the Noun Project)
What better way for bookoholics to learn about grammar than through books? While there are hundreds of books to learn from (including our dreaded school textbooks), there are some which are just a cut above the rest. Dreyer’s English (both the U.K. and U.S. versions) is really helpful for writers and editors alike and a treat for anyone looking for grammar advice. Eats, Shoots & Leaves is for all self-proclaimed grammar Nazis. Amongst its many other lessons, it shows us just exactly how misplaced punctuations can ruin sentences. A no-nonsense classic with a straightforward approach, The Elements Of Style, has been the go-to book for a lot of grammar fanatics, and will certainly help you up your grammar game.
(App by Adrien Coquet from the Noun Project)
For those of you who are addicted to your phones, apps are the way to go. With in-built exercises, assignments and quizzes, apps are useful tools for when we seek to improve our grammar. Grammarly, which comes in the form of an app, a website and a browser-extension, helps by performing grammar checks and in recommending commas and verb forms. A popular grammar app, English Grammar Test has over 180 grammar tests, a variety of grammar lessons, and a tracker that keeps score of our progress. Oxford Grammar And Punctuation aims to educate us on over 250 grammar and punctuation rules, and provide us with extra information on them. Its paid version is ad-free and includes offline support.
(Social Media by monkik from the Noun Project)
Social Media isn’t just for those who want to show off or be seen, it can also be a useful way to learn, whilst in the midst of all your scrolling. An Instagram account, by the name Grammar Tips, has over 209k followers and has been churning out useful grammar tips for the grammar fiend. Madam Grammar on Twitter is well known for sharing excellent notes on grammar and relevant articles, while being humorous. English Grammar is a useful Facebook page to follow for grammar tips, and it is fun as it creates interactive quizzes that help boost our knowledge.
(Graduation by Lola Van from the Noun Project)
If you are looking for specialised courses in grammar, then the world is your oyster. A number of websites offer free or paid online courses where you can learn in the comfort of your own home. Tricky English Grammar, from The University of California, Irvine is for both native and non-native speakers, and its paid version provides you with quizzes and feedback. Edx’s English Grammar And Style is beneficial for learning important concepts of grammar, and is provided by The University of Queensland. You can get a course completion certification in the course’s paid version, which takes up to eight weeks to complete. English Grammar Launch by Udemy is available for a minimal fee and provides you with videos, downloadable resources, and a certificate of completion.
(Blog by dilakuscan from the Noun Project)
Personal blogs dedicated to grammar have been around for a long time, but unfortunately there are an equal number of helpful and unhelpful ones. Grammar Monster is a simple but unique blog with an extensive collection of punctuation rules, tests, and notes on the basics of grammar. Grammar Book teaches you about topics such as grammar rules, capitalization and punctuation, each with specific and well laid out examples. And for learning the basics of grammar in a fun and interactive way, Grammar Revolution is the way to go. Using diagrams and video tutorials, this blog makes learning exciting.
Have you ever used any of these resources to improve your grammar? Did we miss any other resources? Share with us in the comments below.
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