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    learn by rote

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Learning by rote is not always a good method.hamlet
    If you learn a subject by rote, it will be difficult to say anything original about it.
    learn by rote = to blindly memorize what was taught without thinking about it.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: learn by rote

    Yes - your interpretation is right.

    Rover

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    Re: learn by rote

    You are exactly correct. "Rote" means "repetition," or doing the same thing many times. So learning something by rote means learning it by doing it over and over again: a good method for, say, memorizing the multiplication tables, but not a good method for learning anything creative.

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    Re: learn by rote

    Yes, it does have its place. Multiplication tables are a good example.

    For me, learning the gender of nouns required rote. La chemise, la chassure, le chapeau, etc. I had to immediately think "le" or "la" when I heard the noun, so rote worked there.

    I don't feel quite so badly about rote as the original definition seems to imply.

    (It's a bad way to learn the principles of physics. It's not a bad way to learn the periodic table in chemistry.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: learn by rote

    Is there any difference between 'learn by heart' and 'learn by rote'?

    Many thanks

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    Re: learn by rote

    "Learn by heart" has a much more positive connotation, even though it means "memorize." You learn a favorite song by heart, even if you learn it by rote (playing it over and over again.)

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