Continuing to Change in the Year of the Tiger

2 September 2010

  Photo by sm4rtus.  Used with permission.


Word count:  490

Estimated reading time: 4-5 minutes


‘The gap between ignorance and knowledge is much smaller

than the gap between knowledge and action.’


This quote reminds me of how much people already know about English grammar – and how so many don’t put that knowledge into action. When I point out people’s mistakes, they can usually correct them. But somehow, they can’t recognize the mistakes on their own.


That’s what I want to help you change.


The challenge

I recently sat down to think through the strategy for the rest of this year’s blog. One of the first things I did was to go back and re-read the posts from the beginning of the Year of the Tiger – the Year of change and challenge.


At that time I challenged you to break ingrained grammar mistakes. We talked about ways to make serious change and break bad habits. We examined tools to help you get stuff done and build good habits.


‘Grammar Bites’

To help you further with that challenge, next week I’m starting a series on how to correct grammar mistakes that writers (particularly in Asia) commonly make. Twice a month I’ll dedicate the post to reviewing one of those mistakes. The series is called ‘Grammar Bites’.




There’s one thing I’d like you to remember. Breaking ‘bad grammar habits’ will not be easy, and just reading the posts will not guarantee that your grammar will suddenly become correct. Like Chris Guillebeau’s book about ‘279 days to overnight success’ – your own success at learning grammar will take time.


It will require that you put your knowledge into action.


It will require that you be mindful about the correct grammar you already know but often do not use.


Keys to change

To get started, please re-read the post from 11 February 2010 – The Challenge to Change – where we talk about the keys to change: relate, repeat and reframe.


If you want to permanently correct ingrained grammar mistakes, I suggest that you check each of the grammar points I write about in this new series in everything you write – for a full month.


For example, in the first of the ‘Grammar Bites’ series I’ll talk about the correct way to use already, all right and altogether. So for one month after that, check every document you write, looking specifically at how you use those words – and correct them if necessary. If you practise this method consistently for a full month, by the end of that time, you should be using the correct grammar.


More help on the way…

Thanks to everyone who completed the online survey last week to give me feedback on the grammar you want help with the most. Your input will help me focus my work on the intensive grammar resources I’m now developing.


If you’ve not done the survey yet, I’ll keep it open until 12 September. It only takes a few minutes – and I’d really appreciate your help. To complete the survey, click here

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