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  • Vikaram Jeet

    October 24, 2021 at 1:07 AM

    Language is a mode of communication and means of conveying our thoughts and feelings to others. There are numerous languages in this world. Although they all carry different attributes, nonetheless, they all have a common characteristic which is called grammar. Grammar is a set of rules for using words in the appropriate manner so that any language can be understood properly without any ambiguity. On the other hand, conversation skills are abilities that we need to communicate effectively with others.

    For a better understanding of the importance of these two things, I would like to give a couple of examples. Imagine if someone, without explaining the concepts of building constructions, gives us some bricks, cement, concrete, and other building materials, which are required to build a structure, and asks us to do a continuous practice of constructing a building, can we construct the building? Similarly, if a professor of a medical college, after teaching theoretical aspects of surgery but without any prior practice and without providing any practical exposure to surgical procedures, asks his students to do the surgery, can they do the surgery?

    If in the foregoing paragraph, in the very first example, we assume the concepts of building constructions as grammar, building construction materials as vocabulary as well as other parts of speech, and practice of constructing a building as a practice of conversation, can we imagine the proper practice of conversation without grammar? Likewise, in the second example, if we assume theoretical aspects of surgery as grammar, prior practice and practical exposure of surgical procedures as a practice of conversation, and surgery as communication with others, can we have had effective communication in the absence of either of these two?

    From the above discussion, we can conclude that grammar and practice of conversation skills both complement each other and are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, from my standpoint, both are equally important and for effective communication, we can not ignore either of these.

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