There are many different approaches to learning Chinese grammar, which makes it a particularly interesting subject to discuss. Also, since it's likely that there is no method that is optimal for everyone, diversity is good and increases the likelihood that students find the way that works best for them.
This makes grammar an ideal topic for discussion and for round-table articles. I was very pleased with how the previous discussion thread I started turned out and I'm glad Roddy is happy to try the same format again, now with a focus on grammar. I know grammar gets discussed here now and then, but I think it would be cool with a new look at the basic approach.
Just like last time, I will extract interesting passages and include in an article later (a few weeks from now). Still, don't feel limited by that, this is a discussion forum, I'm just saying that I think the answers last time contributed quite a lot to the final article and that I would like to do the same thing again.
How should we learn Chinese grammar?
(Just to be clear, when I say “we”, I mean people who are learning Chinese as a second/foreign language and who are already proficient in English.)
Even though the question is very short, it covers a number of topics apart from basic strategy/approach. For instance, is there any difference between learning grammar when learning Chinese compared with other languages? What should students who are studying on their own focus on? What resources are available for learning grammar? Is it important to focus on grammar when learning Chinese or should it be done implicitly?