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    • Join Date: Feb 2008
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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.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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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.

  2. Member
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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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