So, what’s the alternative to learning language the natural way? It’s learning language the UN-natural way.
What way is that, then ? Well, it’s learning grammar from a grammar book for example or learning grammar in the classroom.
Why is that so bad? What’s the problem with that? The problem is that you end up LIMITED. You’re stuck with hard and fast rules that simply don’t exist with language. The proof of that is poets and writers who use language creatively, you can’t just stick to the dictionary definition all the time you have to move on to be able to manipulate the language how you want to.
Another reason why it’s limited is you have to stick to the rule when you’re saying what you’re saying.
But perhaps the most important reason is that you can’t necessarily understand what is said back to you if you’re learning in unnatural, limited way. If your goal is to meaningfully communicate in a foreign language, you can’t consciously think about everything you’re saying so learn it in a conscious way. You can’t just say, hang on a second, I’ll just get my book! Also, if you learn it in an UN-natural way, you’ll end up translating, not thinking directly in the language.
Learn Language the Natural Way