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Test Your Vocabulary with our #WordOftheDayChallenge! Construct a sentence using our word of the day. Teachers and Learners are welcome to join in and give sample sentences! Have fun learning! WORD OF THE DAY June 5, 2021 didactic adjective | dye-DAK-tik Definition 1 a : designed or intended to teach b : intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment 2 : making moral observations Examples Many of the shows on the channel are didactic, teaching children about such things as the importance of recycling, exercise, and honesty through the actions of animated characters. "[Beverly] Cleary frowned on the moralizing, didactic themes that dominated children's literature in the first half of the 20th century. She set out not to impart wisdom but instead to portray children at play, and to capture their dialogue and the ways they sometimes venture into an adult world beyond their full comprehension." — Harrison Smith and Becky Krystal, The Tampa Bay (Florida) Times, 27 Mar. 2021 Did you know? Didaktikós is a Greek word that means "apt at teaching." It comes from didáskein, meaning "to teach." Something didactic does just that: it teaches or instructs. Didactic conveyed that neutral meaning when it was first borrowed in the 17th century, and still does; a didactic piece of writing is one that is meant to be instructive as well as artistic. Parables are generally didactic because they aim to teach a moral lesson. Didactic now sometimes has negative connotations, too, however. Something described as "didactic" is often overburdened with instruction to the point of being dull. Or it might be pompously instructive or moralistic. Do you prefer didactic lessons here in Italki?
Jun 5, 2021 12:19 AM
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I think italki markets the lessons here as the opposite of didactic, as can be seen from the popular conversation lessons. However, if it's the didactic with good connotations, I don't think people would mind :)
Jun 5, 2021 1:17 AM
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