Page 2 of 2 First 1 2
Results 11 to 15 of 15
  1. #11
    jutfrank's Avatar
    jutfrank is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    14,732

    Re: I didn't know how to put emphasis on syllables.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Sometimes I didn't create a dialog because there was just one person speaking English or Chinese
    I understand that there isn't always a conversation, but you can still provide context. The most important context is usually the sentence or two that come immediately before the one you're asking about. If the sentence you're asking about is a translation from Chinese, you'll have to translate the context as well. In terms of telling us about the situation, you usually do a good job, though it's often unclear whether your sentences are something that somebody actually said or something you imagine that someone said, or something that someone actually said in Chinese, and which you then translated into English. Telling us which of these we're dealing will also be helpful.

  2. #12
    Tarheel's Avatar
    Tarheel is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Posts
    22,823

    Re: I didn't know how to put emphasis on syllables.

    Silver, there are two types of vocabulary. There's active vocabulary (words you use), and there's passive vocabulary (words you know but don't use). The word "syllable" would, I think, be in most people's passive vocabulary.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-May-2021 at 19:47. Reason: Fixed typo
    Not a professional teacher

  3. #13
    Silverobama is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    3,032

    Re: I didn't know how to put emphasis on syllables.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Silver, there are two types of vocabulary. There's active vocabulary (words you use), and there's passive vocabulary (words you know but don't use). The word "syllable" would, I think, be in most people's passive vocabulary.
    I'm afraid you're mistaken this time, Tarheel.

    Let's say I have talke to 100 people who speak English here in Chongqing and around half of them know what it means. Why? They want to study abroad. They're medical school students. They need to master at least 20,000 words to take some tests. I could go on.

  4. #14
    Tarheel's Avatar
    Tarheel is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Posts
    22,823

    Re: I didn't know how to put emphasis on syllables.

    It seems that people never notice "I think".

    I call them everyday words.* Those are the words you can expect to see often.

    -------- ------- --------- ---------- -----
    *The fourth and fifth graders seemed to understand it.
    Not a professional teacher

  5. #15
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,423

    Re: I didn't know how to put emphasis on syllables.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I'm afraid you're mistaken this time, Tarheel.

    Let's say I have talked to 100 people who speak English here in Chongqing and around half of them know what it means.
    That has nothing to do with whether or not they actually use it.

Page 2 of 2 First 1 2

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •