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    How to deal with unknown words?

    Hello.

    I would like to ask you about how should one work with unknown words while reading a book or an article?
    As for me, every time when I meet unknown words, I look them up in the dictionary immediately. Is it a right approach?
    Maybe one should let's say read a chapter and only then look all unknown words in the dictionary?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Ksenia; 10-Jan-2016 at 13:22. Reason: misspelled word

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    Re: How to deal with unknown words?

    If you don't know what a word means, how will you decide if it's "unnecessary"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to deal with unknown words?

    I like this approach that someone in another forum recommended.
    Buy an inexpensive paper dictionary. When you look up a word, put a check mark next to it.
    If you look up a word and see there is a check mark next to it already, write it down and write a few sentences using it.
    If you look up a word and see there are two check marks next to it, you need to work hard to start using that word in your active vocabulary.

    I suggest that you try to figure out what the word means based on how it is used, and then look it up to confirm it.
    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: How to deal with unknown words?

    Good suggestion, I may just have my students start doing that since they already have the cheap dictionaries.
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    Re: How to deal with unknown words?

    Barb_D, just to clarify: you mean if I look up a word and do not know its meaning, I have to put a check mark. But if there are two check marks, it means that I have already looked up this word earlier. Right?

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    Re: How to deal with unknown words?

    Before you look a word up, it makes sense to think whether you really need to- if you have an idea of what it means, it may be better to keep on reading and enjoying yourself.

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    Re: How to deal with unknown words?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
    Barb_D, just to clarify: you mean if I look up a word and do not know its meaning, I have to put a check mark. But if there are two check marks, it means that I have already looked up this word earlier. Right?
    Yes, if you are looking up the word for the first time, no check marks.
    If you look up the word and see one check mark, it means you have had trouble with it once before.
    If you look up the word and see two check marks, it means you have looked it up twice before. It suggests you will continue to see it. So it's time to really learn that one.
    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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