English Grammar is Like the HTML Code

Hello, my dear fellow foreign English speakers
and also any native English speakers who happen to be watching my video right now! And welcome
back to Robby’s English Harmony video blog! Obviously, I’m Robby from EnglishHarmony.com
and in today’s video I’m going to draw parallels between English grammar and HTML code. And
in case you’re wondering now what’s English grammar got to do with HTML code, surely,
these two things don’t have anything in common whatsoever – well, my friend, you’re actually
wrong because these two things have more in common than you can think of!
And the reason being – actually I have to start with a story to introduce the whole
matter so that everything is clear to you. Recently I’ve been attending a computer course.
If you’ve been following my blog lately for the last 6 weeks or so, you will definitely
remember a few references here and there I’ve been making to the fact that I’m doing the
computer course during the day now because my aim is to start a career in the IT industry,
right? So as it happens I’m meeting a lot of different
people in the college. Well, it’s actually called adult education center or something
along those lines but I just refer to it as a college for the sake of simplicity, right?
So I’m mixing with a lot different people, we get talking about other courses that are
available out there and the courses that my classmates have been doing previously.
And oftentimes we talk about web building because it’s a very hot subject. A lot of
people are into web design, web building, whatever you want to call it, right? And they
always refer to the fact that creating websites is actually a science because of all this
HTML code and you’ve got to be learning to code. There’s thick books, thousands of pages
covering the HTML code and all that. To me it’s nonsensical. And here is why.
I’ve been building websites for a good while now, right? EnglishHarmony.com is my main
website but I have a number of other blogs which aren’t really as successful as English
Harmony and lately I’ve been focusing on English Harmony only, right? But I have the AccentAdventure.com,
EasyIdioms.com, BestEnglishFiction.com and other websites which are not actually related
to the English language improvement and all that, right?
So I know a thing or two about web building and I know for a fact that you just have to
learn the very basics of HTML to be successful at building websites. These days the software
takes care of the HTML code in the background. And this is where I have to introduce the
English grammar concept and it steps in in the sense that English grammar is just like
the HTML code. Your brain is the software, right? When you’re
speaking, it’s the same way as the software creates a website. It spits out the code without
you being consciously aware of the actual specifics of the code. So the very same way
your brain and your mouth produces English speech without being actually consciously
aware of all those grammar rules that happen in the background, right?
Yes, I will admit that you need to know certain HTML-related things and the same way you should
treat the English grammar thing. You have to know certain rules but just like I’ve said
a number of times in my previous videos and I’ve been repeating this ad nauseum, you don’t
have to actually learn the rules and then apply them onto your speech, but you just
have to learn all those grammar rules naturally by way of learning collocations, naturally
occurring speech patterns and all that. But yes, sometimes you need to know some rules
and then you may actually want to read this article where I’m putting down the main English
grammar rules you need to know to start speaking fluently, right? There is very few actually,
a handful of them, for that matter. And basically what I’m saying is the same way, you only
need to know a few rules to speak fluently! You only need to know a few things about the
HTML code to build a website. Because your brain is just like the software that helps
you to create the website and your brain and mouth helps you to speak. That’s what it does.
You don’t have to actually be involved in the whole English grammar thing at all!
But this whole thing just goes to show that traditionally people are taught all these
intricacies, all these little details whether it’s the English grammar rules or it’s the
HTML code, right? So people are made to focus on all that and it’s very overwhelming. Because
yes, as a matter of fact there’s huge books containing both English grammar rules and
HTML codes, so people are under the impression that no matter what you learn whether it’s
the English language or web building or whatnot, there’s so much information to acquire that
you have to spend long, long years before you can actually become a decent person in
that field, basically a specialist, right? But it’s all BS, right?
In reality you can start building websites within a matter of weeks. You don’t even have
to spend months or years and you don’t have to learn all that HTML code. And same goes
with the English language. But it’s just the way it is, the traditional way of teaching
makes people focus on the wrong things and people get overwhelmed and they actually end
up spending most of their time on things that they don’t actually need to know in order
to be successful at whatever it is they’re learning. It’s a sad state of affairs but
that’s just the way it is. And that’s why I’m running this video blog and this website
to make you aware my dear fellow foreign English speakers that you don’t have to be focusing
on all these little details that are happening in the background. Your brain – just like
the software – is going to take care of them by itself without you being aware of that.
So basically what you have to do is just learn the basics and then let your brain and mouth
take care of the rest the natural way, right? And speaking of building a website it’s a
walk in the park. You basically create a WordPress blog because believe it or not but 90% of
websites these days, well, probably not 90% but I’m just exaggerating to make my point,
right, they are created using the WordPress platform which is very user friendly, it’s
very self-intuitive and you don’t have to know anything about the HTML code whatsoever.
But obviously if you want to make your website look a bit more fancy and adjust certain things
you need to know the basics of the HTML code but they’re very, very basic. Same way, you
need to know the basic grammar rules, just the essentials in order to start speaking
in English fluently, right? So that was the message I wanted to send out
to you my friends and in case you have any comments or questions obviously you’re free
to publish them in the comments section below. Thanks for watching and bye bye!

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