#109 | Ellen Jovin on “The Grammar Table”

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Creator and proprietor of The Grammar Table, Ellen Jovin, joins Benny Lewis and Shannon Kennedy to talk about traveling the country to discuss grammar, learning the languages of New York, and finding joy in learning grammar.

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  • The most common grammar questions Ellen encountered on the road with The Grammar Table
  • How knowing more grammar frees you from the confines of grammar
  • Ellen’s ideal day with languages
  • Ellen’s advice for someone who dreads learning grammar
  • Ways to make learning grammar easier and how to remember it better
  • Ellen’s grammar pet peeves

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Episode Overview

Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • Words and Worlds of New York and learning the languages of the city
  • Why many people hate grammar and why Ellen doesn’t
  • The positives of getting outside and pairing language learning with walking
  • The story behind “The Grammar Table”
  • Setting boundaries around grammar and common misconceptions
  • Ways grammar rules are actually somewhat arbitrary
  • Regional uses of languages and loving our linguistic diversity
  • How The Grammar Table has also been an opportunity for Ellen to learn about other languages
  • The power of humility in all things
  • Playing with language and loving grammar and how things are put together

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy