word roots??? Is it an effective way to remember vocabulary?? how does a native English speaker learn new words?? reading articles?? using word roots??
Oct 3, 2012 11:55 PM
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I use word roots to learn new English words. I am also using roots as I learn Spanish, when the root is similar to a related English word. I find that using roots slows me down a little, because I have to remember two things. I first have to remember the root, and then I have to remember how the root changes to become the word I'm trying to remember. But it does help me remember; it's better than not remembering at all. Ultimately, I want to remember automatically, without using roots. That just comes with practice and repetition, and by reading, listening, and talking.
October 4, 2012
In school, as children, we learn new words via spelling tests we are assigned by teachers. They give us a list of about 10 words at a time; we learn their meanings and use them in sentences so that we understand how they are used. We also learn roots in school. I tell my students to learn roots because it will enable them to decipher many English words. The problem is that the Latin roots won't help with the words rooted in German. English is a Germanic language which has words rooted in and drawn from other languages-- and it's ever changing (this is why it can be sooooo hard to learn). The best way to remember vocabulary is to read books/articles/etc. and look up words as you're going along. It's tedious, but effective.
October 26, 2012
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