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Reading books in a foreign language

Do you read books written in the language you are learning?

If so, do you look up every word you don't know in a dictionary?

Or do you think it's better not to look up every single word as long as you are able to comprehend the text?

Apr 25, 2017 4:35 PM
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I learn English and I read books in English. I usually don't look up every unfamiliar word in a dictionary because mostly its meaning comes from the context. But sometimes I have to do it, just to be sure I understand a word or a phrase correctly.
April 25, 2017

I do a bit of both. Sometimes I can figure out what is being said from the context; I don't worry about it in those cases. When I don't understand the word at all, I will look it up, then add it to my vocabulary list to go over later. I use a "flash card" style web application to help me review my vocabulary. It is called Memrise. That is the one I prefer, but there many others.


Right now I am reading El Restaurante Al Fin Del Mundo (The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe in Spanish). For language learning, I find it helpful to reread books that I am already familiar with from a long time ago because I already know what is happening in the book.

April 25, 2017

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Most of the time the other part of the context give me an idea of what the new word means. Other times it's quite difficult to be sure what it means, or if I am totally right. I always write down the words that I didn't know and their meaning, and for the words that I'm not sure I look for the at translator. 

April 25, 2017
I would only look up word definitions in case you don't understand the main points of a paragraph, otherwise the reading would not be very pleasant and therefore you will probably give up. Focus on getting the main ideas of the text. It also helps to read in kindle, where by pressing on a word you instantly get the definition. 
April 25, 2017
Sometimes I do read a book with the language I'm learning and I only search up for word I don't understand in internet. Though sometimes I check up the whole sentence meaning to make sure that I comprehend the text right.
April 25, 2017