Country Grammar

Grammar is difficult. Georgian grammar, English grammar, it doesn’t matter. It’s not the rules that are the problem; it’s the exceptions to the rules. “Add –ed to make a verb past tense”. Got it! “Sheep is still sheep in the plural.”   {…crickets}  And don’t even get me started on the plurality for Octopus. In Georgian they don’t even pretend to start with an easy matrix for most verbs. They just do whole other word conjugations from ‘I’ all the way down to ‘they’.  (Did that make sense?)

So today, I totally commiserated with one of my more clever students in a third grade class. He is the kind of kid that has to stand up beside his desk because he is so excited to learn. We were doing adjectives and he was on top of it. Then we explained comparisons. “Tall/ taller, slower, slower”. He was writing it down with passion and understanding. Then she wrote “pretty/ prettier” and explained the Y to I, then add –er.  He literally shook his head, looked down at his desk and said something that translates to “Good Grief”.

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I feel your pain little man.

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