You know, I’m a translator, a Foreign Languages student and, on top of all, an English language lover. I’m interested in anything related to English language and culture, and I’d like to learn as much as possible about them. I’m constantly finding ways to keep me updated and to put what I’ve learned into practice. On a typical day, you can find me listening to songs in English, surfing websites in English, or even (over)using English words in conversations. I’ve liked the English language since I was a little girl: I spoke my very first English words when I was 4 (no, I wasn’t raised in a bilingual environment… my Dad taught me a few words and sentences he knew), even if I knew very little then. I started studying English when I started middle school, and haven’t stopped ever since.
Back to the book, I read about “The Glamour of Grammar” by Roy Peter Clark for the first time on Jenn’s blog, In My Bag, where she posted a very interesting review. She’s a freelance writer and blogger, and owns several blogs.
Here’s a description of the book:
Early in the history of English, the words “grammar” and “glamour” meant the same thing: the power to charm. Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools, aims to put the glamour back in grammar with this fun, engaging alternative to stuffy instructionals. In this practical guide, readers will learn everything from the different parts of speech to why effective writers prefer concrete nouns and active verbs. THE GLAMOUR OF GRAMMAR gives readers all the tools they need to”live inside the language”–to take advantage of grammar to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing.
Some information about the author:
Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level–to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors–for more than thirty years, and has spoken about the writer’s craft on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR, and The Today Show; at conferences from Singapore to Brazil; and at news organizations from the New York Times to The Sowetan in South Africa. A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited fifteen books about writing and journalism, including his most recent, Writing Tools.