Tim Bakker Posted 8 months ago Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English I've not studied English to her level, but even at A-level our English teacher discussed dialect, voice and locus. That there is a time and a place, but it doesn't mean you have to speak always in one voice. In fact people don't. I'd argue that the Internet has a dialect, one of acronyms, memes and GIFs, most people speak different at home or with friends than they do at work, and always differently on the phone (phone 'voice'). So although she's talking from an Afro-American-Caribbean / black experience, all cultures have this at varying degrees, people vary their grammar, language and accent according to who they are talking to, invent their own codes or co-opt them to speak amongst peer groups, use patois, slang, vernacular. The study of which is just as important. She's not saying that those from certain backgrounds should speak in those dialects when say, writing an essay. Kids laugh when teachers suggest they use txt-speak or slang in their essays, they know it's not the right place or tool for discussing those subjects - although I'd bet if they analysed and used those forms they'd get high marks since it shows you have an early understanding that language takes many forms, many codes and voices. You can learn as much from analysing the grammar of slang than you do Shakespeare, and it's a lot less alien. Ideally you should do both... I do agree with a rant on the FB post of this video about grammar - as someone who learned other languages, I was surprised how bad my knowledge of English grammar was, despite many years of teaching. I know there has been a shift away from the chanting of verbs to better methods like phonics/sound based learning but I did feel a bit short-changed about the nuts and bolts of my own language. Although a lot of the rules are learned instinctively, you need to know why for other languages.