Jerry Poon
Do you use dictionary while reading?

I started to read an English Biography book recently, and I noticed that there are a few English words that I dont know on every page. I usually skip them, and try to get the overall meaning instead. By doing this way, I may lose the chance of learning new words, but I feel more enjoyable in reading than looking up words in dictionary time to time.


Do you lookup dicitionary when you read a word that you do not understand?

Dec 14, 2015 3:59 PM
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I tend to do the same thing because I think that if you look up many words in the dictionary you will lose the understanding of the story and probably get bored of reading. On the other hand, do you really think that you are going to be able to remember all of them? What I do, is to look up those words that are common (appear frequently) or the ones that don't let me understand something. 


Anyway if you use ebooks this is a lot easier, as you can press on a world and you get meaning, with paper books is slower.

December 14, 2015

Thinking before your checking, please, whenever you run across an unknown/unfamiliar word. That will help you soon comprehend the word and know how to apply the word.


Good luck to your learning.  

April 20, 2016
I read my books on a Kindle (from instead of buying the paper books largely because looking up words is so very quick and easy.  I just have a translation dictionary of the language I am learning set as my default dictionary for the device.  Then as I read, it shows the definition of any word when I put my cursor on it.  Amazon is selling Kindle Fire tablets pretty inexpensively now.  They also have free download samples of most every book they have available (many, many thousands of books in English, as well as some other common languages like Spanish.)  They are great for language learning because you can download the free sample and see if a book you are interested in is written at a good reading level for you and see if you like the book before commiting to buy it.   
April 20, 2016

I am a well-educated U.S. native English speaker, in my senior years. I have a very good vocabulary. Even so, I probably encounter a word I don't know about once a week. (Often I will recognize the word but realize that I have picked up the meaning from context and am not sure I really know the exact meaning). I have a print copy of the American Heritage dictionary on the shelf six feet from where I'm sitting, and I have an electronic dictionary in my tablet.

When I am not sure about a word, I look it up.

I also keep an atlas nearby--as well as Google Maps, of course--and I often look at maps of the places I am reading about. 

April 19, 2016
You dont have to look up the meaning while reading, but for later learning purpose you can underline or mark the words you dont know and get back to them when you feel like doing it  i.e separate reading as a hobby for learning.
April 19, 2016
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