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Igor Galkin
Translate every word "Don't try translating an every word, just try to realize the general meaning" - this tip I've been hearing rather frequently, but during the reading I feel uncomfortable when I skip the words and I can't rid of the wish understanding every single word. Am I alone who has this problem and who has failed to deal with it? Is it a big problem in your opinion?
2019년 5월 3일 오전 6:42
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You're not alone with this problem. In my opinion, it’s a huge problem if it interferes with your enjoyment of the reading or slows your reading down significantly. Learning a foreign language means you’re going to run into a lot of stuff that you won’t understand immediately, so if you have an obsessive need to understand absolutely everything immediately, that’s not good. I don’t have time to go into details right now, but I think you already understand that this mindset is causing you unnecessary difficulty. I say “unnecessary”, because we do have control over our mindsets, even if it seems hard at times. Even if we don’t like to admit it at times.

2019년 5월 3일
To clarify my previous comment: I assume that you’re using material at a suitable level for your current reading abilities (which should be slightly higher than your speaking / listening abilities). If you understand 85 to 95% of the words, that should be enough to enjoy the text and pick up new words in context. If, however you understand fewer than 80% of the words, then you should definitely find some easier material, or find some other learning method that you enjoy and works for you.

2019년 5월 3일
I experience translating Arabic texts into English from time to time and I feel the same when I can’t skip many words as they contain the main meaning of that text.
2019년 5월 3일
I think that if you understand at least 65 to 75 % is quite good and you don't have necessarily change matherial or method
2019년 5월 3일
I feel the same if I realize the words that I'm skipping are important but not any unknown word is necessary.
2019년 5월 3일
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Igor Galkin
Language Skills
English, Russian
Learning Language
English