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This week, the class discussed some of last week's questions about vocabulary in lesson called Writing about Vocabulary in Our Lives. We then wrote a number of possible essay topics.


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 your group?

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 watching.

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 reading.

TV has a positive effect on learning language and vocabulary.

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 kinds.

Our reading habits have a great effect on our vocabulary development.

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 language.

Poetry is difficult to translate from one language to another. Exactly why?





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