Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Linguistic and Grammar

Funny. I never thought that learning English grammar and linguistic would do me any good in learning another language, but it does. Yesterday in my Finnish course, Michelle (my Brit friend) said that she was confused whenever the teacher used any linguistic terms to explain the grammatical structure of a sentence. She said that she had been experiencing a similar problem with her sons as in Finnish school, they dissected everything in a language.
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I've found that after trying to learn Finnish on my own for 6 months, I can absorb Finnish grammatical structures more quickly since I was taught how to dissect sentences at the university I attended in Bandung, Indonesia. Back then I took it for granted. I never thought it would do me any good other than for learning English, but it's NOT true. I'm now SO VERY grateful that my lecturers and my High School English teacher taught me how to dissect sentences and to differentiate clauses from phrases, etc.

Boy, now I wonder what other things I took for granted in the past that might prove to be SO useful for me in the future. Such is life, I guess. ;-D

Anyhow, I accidentally found this WONDERFUL site where you could download lots of WONDERFUL Power Point files. In case you're interested, go here:

They have such breathtaking images that make me realize how WONDERFUL God's creation is he he he he...I haven't had time to browse all the files, but I can assure you that you will NOT regret visiting this site! ;-D

Okay, now let me end this short post with this poem:

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Nine Requisites for Contented Living
By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Health enough to make work a pleasure

Wealth enough to support your needs

Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them

Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them

Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished

Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor

Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others

Faith enough to make things happen

Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future

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  1. Hi Amel, I love the poem, it's very inspirational. Glad to hear the Finnish studies are going well. Fish x

  2. Fish: Glad you liked the poem. ;-D Yeah, my Finnish lessons are FUN he he he he...

  3. Glad you are finding your past English classes helpful in these Finnish classes. Have a great day!

  4. Oh forgot to add, HAVE A GREAT day, as well! ;-D

  5. Nice Poem, I'm going to write that down now...

  6. Mother Hen: Glad you liked it. ;-D

  7. Hi Amel....lovely post and beautiful sentiment in the poem. And, I can sure tell you that my daughter who teaches English Literature at the college level would certainly appreciate it if her incoming students were much more preprared in sentence structure, Great post but then again all of your posts are always great!!~:D~Jackie

  8. Shinade: Glad you enjoyed the poem. Yeah, I can understand what you mean about your daughter's students he he he...It IS the hardest thing to teach students who aren't enthusiastic about learning.

  9. A wonderful poem.Worth jotting down.Thanks for sharing Amel.
    Good luck.

  10. Surjit: Glad you enjoyed it, too! ;-D

  11. You're so right about "what other things I took for granted in the past that might prove to be SO useful for me in the future..." ;D. Everything will definitely come in handy if we make full use of what we learned and that's a must-to-tell to our future generations.

    And, thank you so much for sharing the website!! I randomly picked "Four Things To Remember". It's so beautiful and wise!! It says...,

    Four Things you cannot recover:-

    1. The stone after the throw...
    2. The word after it's said...
    3. The occasion after the loss...
    4. The time after it's gone...

    Thank you, again!! I LOVE IT!!

  12. Choc Mint Girl: GLAD you enjoyed the site. I also enjoyed so many files they have he he he...

    THANKS for sharing, Crystal. I didn't get a chance to read that one yet, but I LOVE IT all the same! ;-D

  13. Girl,

    I know you already have this one, but I when thinking of awardees I had to think of you :):