Why do so many language teachers on youtube focus on grammar all the time?

I’ve discovered a few youtubers through imported videos on LingQ and then I go to their channel for more, but their videos are 90%+ grammar. It’s a pity because some have naturally engaging personalities and I’d love to just see them out in their city talking about interesting things, but it’s nearly always somebody looking at a camera explaining the difference between “au fait” and “en fait”… Not interesting, and based on the work of linguistic research not a very effective method of learning languages either.

This is why I love the LingQ podcasts because they talk about so many different things, and almost never discuss grammar.


If you would like only to read and to listen to some podcasts in a new language, you really needn’t grammar.
But if you want not only to read and to listen to some texts, but also to make up your own sentences in a new language, to speak correctly, you have to know some basic grammar patterns.
Maybe, there are too many grammar video lessons on grammar on YouTube, I don’t know.
Among my Russian, German and English lessons here in lingq.com there are perhaps 20% of grammar lessons for beginners and 80% of texts for all levels from the everyday life and about some interesting things and facts.

Did you see the videos and the podcasts of innerFrench?

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Yes, he is one of the good ones. He discusses interesting topics, and he speaks very clearly. I really enjoyed his talk with Steve.

For those who are learning intermediate French there are quite a few YouTube channels that are interesting and useful and have hardly any articles involving detailed grammar. The four I tend to use and would heartily recommend are:

  • Francais Authentique,
  • Francais avec Pierre,
  • Podclub Balade,
  • and the best of the lot, InnerFrench; the creator Hugo who was interviewed by Steve recently.
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you don’t need to be a genius at grammar or know every grammar rule by heart but they are things you should know if you want to sound literate especially in french which has exceptions on top of exceptions to every rule