This week, the class took a
Unit 1 Vocabulary
Quiz in class. After the quiz, we discussed a number of interesting
ideas about learning vocabulary.
To figure out an idiom, you might examine the individual
words and their meanings.
Another way is to use the clues in the sentence AND the
clues from life.
The choice between "demand" and "ask" depends on
noticing the man was "angry" and what it means to be angry. (from the
The women in the class almost all got "fragrance"
correct. However, only about one half of the men knew it. Why? Because
of the life experience you have.
Context is often said to be important to vocabulary and
reading. When reading for context, consider the sentences both before
and after the sentence you are reading AND the sentence and its words
around the word you are reading.
An antonym (anti is against, so maybe antonym is
something against or maybe opposite) It is better to be sure, BUT it is
next best to be a good guesser.
Base is the opposite of acid. He is a base man.
I book my flight. I read a book. (homographs)
Questions about Vocabulary
What is the effect of TV on our literacy?
Are we reading enough?
How many books are found in our own homes?
Is there a connection between level of education and
wealth and success in reading and so on?
How is it we learn vocabulary? Usually by reading. We
noticed that, for example, Chinese is learned more by memorization than
by reading. Can we learn English in the same way, by memorization?
Is it possible to translate complicated ideas from one
language to another exactly? Sometimes, but often something is lost in
How much does your personality influence your success at
learning this new language? A great deal, I think.
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