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What do you think of this opinion? "People who learn vocabulary by reading often get it wrong."

 

Not actually my own thought, but I found it quoted here.

http://ask.metafilter.com/158740/You-were-doing-it-wrong

A number of people admitted mis-pronpoucing certain words for years - often thinking the correct pronunciation was a different word. This comment struck me as interesting, being an avid reader myself.

Just curious as to your thoughts, as language learners. :)

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: WK087

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    Hi,Peachey,
    I agree with you, I am learning English now, so I read English books, listen English songs, watch films which speak English.........in order to improvemy English vocabulary.I can remember I asked a question " what does a white day mean" , and many native speaker told me it didn't make a sentence, so I was confused,I read it from an English story! Also sometimes, I know every words' meaning in a phrase, but I don't know the phrase' s meaning!And sometimes, when I take an English listening test, I always mix up the words which have the same pronunciation!
    I really hope my English can be improved in a short time!
    yes!Agree!Reading is no longer a good way to learn a second language,and nowaday,there are a lot of emergent podcasts to replace it,so for me,I spend a lot of time everyday listening to audio material,I believe it's the most efficient way.

    I read a lot to improve my English and, look, I've never had problems with misunderstandings or prnounciations.
    I guess it depends on how much you know about the "pronounciation tricks" of each language.

    yes,I agreed and this question had bothered me a long period.

    I completly agree. English tends to get a reputation that it is easy to learn, yet its vocabulay is ever growing and trying to learn while reading can be very frustrating when trying to use in everyday conversations.

    Hi Peachy
    I don't agree at all...because if we learn vocabulary without using them ...it will be a waste of time ...when we read we realize that words have different meaning and different use...reading is the most useful way to learn a language even your native ...to enrich your vocabulary so if we get confused we consult a dictionary ...
    I wonder how can anyone learn a language without reading!!!!!!!!!! ...I can''t see how...
    in my experience in learning French ..books where my first guide to the world of vocabulary ..it helped me to remember my new words ...I always carry a dictionary when I read ...I underline every difficult word and I write its difinition when I finish reading the book I come back to those words and read them again to memorize some ..
    I think that learning words has to be in a context..

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