Nimrod the Hunter
Hey y'all.... I experienced some problems after removing a platform called Linux from my computer. My apologizes my responses came a bit late... anyway shall we continue?
The idea of reading with a small dictionary besides me sounds like a great idea, except I had the foggiest idea that so many people used dictionaries as they are reading books... maybe I don't pay close attention to the words when I read, that could be a problem for me. I have been struggling to learn more words and now I can see that it could be because I am not looking in the dictionary at all. That was dumb of me, not looking, and I am glad you brought it up, so I will be sure to keep a dictionary handy in the near future.
Sage, if you look up words in a dictionary, are there ever times when you do not understand the meaning the dictionary has to offer? Or you can't tell how to put it in a sentence?
Alwye, you have a point there in trying to use the words that you learn. If words aren't observed often, they are soon forgotten. I should work on my curiosity of words some more! Thank you for the excellent suggestion.
Dusk, like you I was taking some advanced courses, and as I learned words in class, instead of learning I memorized. The hard words simply dissolved from memory overtime from the lack of use. I was also thinking that since I have good grammar and spelling skills, there must be a reason why my vocabulary fails me. From now on I'm going to hide a dictionary in my pockets everywhere.
Sea_of_okc, you aren't the only one that has attended a Catholic school before. I have, also, although I am not Catholic, and I liked their way of teaching in the English subject. I shall miss my teachers! I was fortunate to do so well in English grammar, making 100s on most tests and ending up with a 99% avg. in class, but vocabulary has been a constant struggle.
Poet deVine, rhyming dictionary and thesaurus? That's another brilliant suggestion that I should uptake. Sometimes I have a thesaurus with me when I write my poems, but it isn't often. So far, everybody's said something about using dictionaries or other resources as you are reading. The dictionary game is something I'm vaguely familar with. Only I did it on myself as I was preparing for a test in class, and eventually the memory of the words eroded. Applying might help.. I am welcome to any suggestions you have. And thanks for the honest compliment!
Maria, I shall do that too as well. It's becoming clear to me that I must look words up in the future. My problem might lie in that I am reading and puzzling out words from the sentences, but not bothering to look them up. There's the obvious solution. And knowing that is how several of you learned your words.
Nimrod the Hunter