Thursday, December 16, 2010
Explaining English Grammar by George Yule
Rating: two stars (out of four)
This book was all about grammar. Every nuance of language, every reason why we only use certain words in certain places - this book had it all. I thought I knew grammar fairly well, or at least, particular aspects of grammar, but after reading a chapter about articles or prepositions I realized that I couldn't explain it as easily as I thought. This book did a good job of confusing me and I was glad we discussed it in class because then it would start to make more sense. Yule is trying to explain grammar from a different perspective. If you grew up learning English than this grammar is innate and you automatically use certain words because that is how you heard other people speaking. But if you are trying to teach it to someone else than you have to try and explain why you only use these words. It was helpful, but usually gave me a headache before it did any good. It's a good book for TEFL majors.