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    #1

    Please show me the tools

    I'm new to this community. I"m originally from Taiwan, and learned English in junior and high school for 6 years. I've been in the US for 12 years and picking up the language by ways of conversation, watching TV and listening to radio. I would love to improve my learning in a more effective and strutural way.

    It seems my biggest problem is understanding the exact meaning of a word, even when given a dictionary definition, and the correct usage of it. For example: in the Webster's dictionary, the definition of the word "facetious" is: joking, eps. at an inappropriate time. I, in some wierd way, took it to mean close to being "flighty" as in "silly or slightly demented" as defined in the same dictionary. I used that word when commenting on someone at a party and that of course caused embarrasement and confusion. Maybe I just don't understand the word "flighty" either.

    I've spent hours navigating the internet to find a site to best suit my needs and goals but to no avail. I even signed up for a "one word a day" program which turned out to be of medical termology that's way over my head and unapplicable to me. I really need help in this particular area and as well as others, if someone can guide me in my private learning and show the tools to improve where I need most, that would be just wonderful. Thanks a lot!

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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    #2

    Re: Please show me the tools

    Sometimes it helps to look at more than one dictionary - this site is worth using: OneLook Dictionary Search

    Another way to check words and what they might mean is using a thesaurus: Thesaurus.com

    Otherwise it is a case of reading and listening as much as you can. We are always happy to try and help if you want to clarify the meaning and use of English.

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    #3

    Re: Please show me the tools

    Thank you so much Angelika!

    I'm liking the site a lot....and the instant interaction on the forum. Thanks.


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    #4

    Re: Please show me the tools

    You're welcome.

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