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3 June 2018

Welcome to the new Death by Grammar blog!

Hello, it's my pleasure to meet your acquaintance!

If you're new here and curious what the heck this all is about, let me tell you how I came up with the concept of this blog by this fairly longwinded introduction: I'm Filipino, born and raised on the island of the Philippines and my native language and ethnic group is Tagalog (taga 'native' + ilog 'river'). I have been exposed to the western culture through the lifestyle of adults that surrounded me early in life. Most of my preferences whether in music or entertainment, food and styles were basically regurgitated from that experience and where part of my childhood was also Sesame Street. It shouldn't be a surprise that when I started schooling, although English is not my native language, my English skills & comprehension was practiced considerably and it gave me an academic advantage. Meeting non-nationals also encouraged me to work on my confidence when it comes to effectively conveying my point across, but it doesn't mean that I have perfected my English communication skill. Just to get this out of the way, let me be the source of my own shame that laziness is one of my bad traits, and there are times when I am confronted by new words, idioms, slangs, or any of the part of speech like the grammatical term third person, I still get bewildered.

Onto the main point of this rambling: As pointed out earlier, English is not my native language which is why a lot of times I stammer and hard to find the right word/s to use, that illustrate coherence & cohesion on a more technical device of the figure form, if not trouble-free fractured syntax and that is just the spoken form. You may think that writing is easier, but there's still that consistent tone in writing which I still wrestle with, etc. Nevertheless, my struggle to hone my linguistic skill does not discourage me from expressing myself in the English language though I struggle with a figurative nosebleed, hence, Death by Grammar.

And before I end this maiden entry, I would like to send my gratitude to one of my very good friend, Jay-Ar of Malay ni Jay for giving me this domain name. I am privileged to be given such love. Thank you so much and I pray that God returns the love you give a hundredfold.