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Re: How do you deal with unfamiliar words?

Post by MrunalT » 12 Sep 2019, 11:26

I mark or write down all the unfamiliar words I encounter in a book. First I try figuring out the meaning from the context, then refer a dictionary to check how wrong/correct I was. And then I like to construct different sentences using those words and weave them into my conversations until I am sure they are a permanent part of my vocabulary.

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Post by Aditi Sapate » 15 Sep 2019, 09:11

When I initially started reading, I used to be intimidated because of the number of unknown words. Sometimes I used to look them up, sometimes I used to be lazy and let them go. But sometimes I find myself using certain words, and when someone asks me what it means, I can't really put the meaning into words. But when I look the word up later, I realize that it makes sense and fits the situation. Really, such is the power of words and the power or reading!

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Post by Reynaa » 25 Sep 2019, 15:01

I look them up in a dictionary or use context clues as to what the author means. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, I actually love looking up definitions of unfamiliar words. They are usually items that are obsolete now but were used in that era. I love learning about these types of objects so it adds more fun to the books for me.

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Post by Inkroverts » 29 Sep 2019, 23:23

When I was younger, I'd look up the dictionary and jot down the words in my vocabulary bank. But these days I just sort of guess the meaning of the words using the general context of the paragraph. It's more efficient this way. And sometimes I even remember how the use these words.

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Post by Nym182 » 09 Oct 2019, 16:32

First of all I commend anyone who actually puts in the effort to learn new words so that's awesome!

I follow very similar steps as you do actually! I first try to figure out generally what the word means via context clues. But if I am totally in the dark, I go to a trusty dictionary online and look up the definition and synonyms.

One thing I need to work on is how to pronounce certain words I have learned primarily through reading.

For Ex: I know what a trebuchet is (it's like a type of catapult) but in my head I always thought of it as tre-bu-chet. My husband and I were talking the other day and he started talking about "tre-boo-ch-a"s and I was like whhhaaaat... then in kinda hit me I've been thinking that word wrong the entire time haha

I've actually heard that that is a common thing for people who have primarily gained their vocabulary via reading!

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