As a blogger, I know how important grammar is for any language. It is the fabric of a language, and when that language is English it becomes especially important because English is the lingua franca – the “mother tongue” – of the world. Thankfully, these days you don’t have to hire a tutor to teach you the basics of grammar. The web is there with its 24×7 helpline. Just try out these four excellent tools to improve your English grammar and note the difference.
Road To Grammar
Road To Grammar is a very simple site that teaches you grammar with the help of practice quizzes. Get some practice if you are preparing for ESL, TESL, EFL, TEFL, and TOEFL tests. You choose a topic from the ones available and then the Flash based quizzes take you through a series of rapid-fire questions. You can also download it as a PDF file and solve them offline. Get them right and rack up the points.
The nice thing about the questions is that each one of them is linked to a Note. The notes go into the details of grammar rules in a very simple way with loads of examples. The Games section gives you extra practice. If you are a teacher – get the activity lessons and downloads for teaching English grammar to your students. Better still, point them to the site. Road To Grammar also has a section for younger learners.
If you haven’t heard of the quick and dirty tips from Grammar Girl (Mignon Fogarty), then you haven’t hit the right sites with your search for grammar sites. It is one of the most popular English language sites on the web and covers all the grammar rules on punctuation, word choice, and more. And it is all in the form of short podcasts which you can quite easily carry around in your MP3 player or smartphones and listen on the go.
After The Deadline
After The Deadline or PolishMyWriting.com if you go by the URL is actually a tool that helps you correct your written English. It is an online checker which uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology to scan and detect spelling errors, grammar faults, and styles. Then it offers smart suggestions which help you get rid of the errors and improve your English. You can use the online interface to cut-paste your segment of text, or use the Firefox add-on and the Google Chrome extension. Plug-ins for WordPress and OpenOffice are also available.
Common Errors in English Usage
Common Errors in English Usage might look a bit out of place in today’s world of neat Web 2.0 websites. But this is one of the oldest resources out there and what it lacks in style, it makes up in content. It has one of the most exhaustive compilations of misunderstood usages…in fact they are so common, we make those errors every day.
For instance, did you know that – you cook on a grill (perhaps in a “bar and grill”), but the word for a metal framework over the front of an opening is most often grille. Common Errors in English Usage is also a book but you can make do with the site and its alphabetical listings with explanations and examples, of commonly misused words.
There are quite a few sites out there for grammar learners. Are you a native speaker or is English your second language? Which is one site you would recommend?