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Does Glossika offer grammar courses?
Does Glossika offer grammar courses?

No — you should have a basic grasp on grammar before starting Glossika

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Written by Tess Yang
Updated this week

No, we currently do not offer any sort of grammar training.

Glossika is not intended for absolute beginners: we expect our users to have a basic understanding of the grammar of the language they wish to learn before beginning our program. Our goal is to carry you through the late beginner/early intermediate stages and bring you to a point where you can continue learning a language by using it — reading books, having conversations, watching YouTube, and so forth.

(Note: We are experimenting with ways we could incorporate grammar explanations into Glossika's flow, however, so this may change in the future!)

When will I be ready to start Glossika?

We recommend skimming through a beginner's textbook or working through another app that provides basic grammar explanations, then coming to Glossika afterwards. You don't need to know that information perfectly — so long as you have a grasp on the basics that allows you to make sense of what is happening in a given sentence, you will benefit from Glossika.

If you don't already have learning resources:

If Glossika doesn't teach grammar, how will it benefit me?

As mentioned above, our target audience is people who know a bit about their target language, but not enough to really do much with it. Our goal is to build on and greatly expand that foundation.

You learned your native language largely by mimicking the speech of others and reinforcing it with concrete experiences. While children and adults learn differently, we think that adults also stand to benefit from getting a massive amount of exposure to their target language(s).

Glossika aims to replicate this "mimicking" stage of language acquisition. We offer a very deliberate form of practice: our sentences get progressively more complex and include progressively more difficult vocabulary. We'll remember which ones you know well and which ones you struggle with in order to give you as smooth a learning curve as possible. As you continue your language training, your brain will pick up on patterns and you will build up the muscle memory necessary for natural speech.

After approximately 50,000 reps, you'll have acquired enough words and mastered enough sentence structures that your target language will begin to feel quite natural. At this point you can "graduate" from Glossika and begin immersing in your language to start obtaining those concrete experiences you had growing up in your native language: have conversations, read books, watch movies, go to the bakery and order a croissant.

(For more discussion on this topic, see our article entitled Memory Anchors)

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