How do we learn vocabulary best? Outline an effective
method you have used successfully.
The process of learning vocabulary
effectively needs to follow a number of steps.
What is the effect of TV on our ability to read and
write? What is the ratio between reading and TV in
Across all groups, TV has been a valuable tool for
learning new expressions, ways of speaking, and
individual words. Closed captioning was mentioned as
helpful and involves reading. I added that
conversation is a much stronger method than TV
What kind of ratios did you find? 50/50 Teacher is 3
to 1 reading to TV. Some have as high as 6 TV for 1
TV has a positive effect on learning language and
Are we reading enough? How many books are found in our
own homes? What do we like to read?
No, we're not due to lack of time. Often, people have
a heavy reading time during the teenage years.
Sometimes, it is not time, but interest. We have
nothing we want to read. To find good books for adult,
second language readers, go to the children's section
and ask for "juvenile" fiction (for 13 to 18).
Books are common. What books? Novels. Reader's Digest.
Magazines are popular. Internet. Biographies. Non-fiction of all
Our reading habits have a great effect on our
My lack of interest in reading has a negative effect
on my vocabulary learning.
Is it possible to translate complicated ideas from one
language to another exactly? If not, give examples of
difficult to translate ideas from your own language.
NO. Idioms are often very hard to translate. Jokes are
very difficult to translate. Culture affects what we
think is funny. Puns or plays on words.
"If you hadn't been so fresh, you wouldn't be in this
jam. (one piece of fruit talking to another)
It is very difficult to translate some parts of
culture (jokes, idioms, and so on) into another
Poetry is difficult to translate from one language to
another. Exactly why?