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Old 11-27-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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Building Vocabulary

I used to think I had a decent vocabulary. What I've discovered with reading on my iPad, iPhone is that I merely skipped over words before. Now it's so easy to just click on a word and have the definition pop up.

There's a good deal of nuance that I now get when reading that I just used to gloss over.

Just one more reason that ebooks rock

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Old 11-27-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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Provided any given e-reader has a good dictionary included, yes this is indeed very practical and useful.
My reader can even extrapolate from a conjugated verb so for instance if I have a sentence that goes: "He sauntered toward the garden", when I check "sauntered", my reader goes "sauntered -> saunter: A leisurely stroll"
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:08 PM   #3
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And, a lot of books I read have slang and dialect. I learned recently that in parts of Scotland, neeps are turnips. And I loved learning the word "merkin" but then I had to find out why the word existed.
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Old 11-28-2011, 03:20 AM   #4
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I used to think I had a decent vocabulary. What I've discovered with reading on my iPad, iPhone is that I merely skipped over words before. Now it's so easy to just click on a word and have the definition pop up.

There's a good deal of nuance that I now get when reading that I just used to gloss over.

Just one more reason that ebooks rock

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I'm having the same experience. I'd usually just try to figure it out by context, or skip it.

Now I can look it up without interrupting my reading. It's awesome.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:43 PM   #5
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After you've been doing this for a while, try playing Reader's Digest's Word Power quiz. You can play this on line free of charge.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:14 PM   #6
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After you've been doing this for a while, try playing Reader's Digest's Word Power quiz. You can play this on line free of charge.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:23 PM   #7
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After you've been doing this for a while, try playing Reader's Digest's Word Power quiz. You can play this on line free of charge.
Tried but failed to find this at rd.com. Link, anyone?
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:47 PM   #8
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Honestly I am not much of a reader but thought a Kindle would be something my whole family could use, my husband , my daughter and son all read. I believe it has helped me to understand words much better since I can look it up instantly.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:12 PM   #9
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Tried but failed to find this at rd.com. Link, anyone?
Here you go ; I just used the Play for Fun button
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:40 AM   #10
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Here you go ; I just used the Play for Fun button
Thanks! That is fun And I'm doing quite well for a furriner, I guess; 3 mistakes out of 15...

Reading 200+ English books a year for 30-odd years does help, it seems
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:31 PM   #11
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I used to think I had a decent vocabulary. What I've discovered with reading on my iPad, iPhone is that I merely skipped over words before. Now it's so easy to just click on a word and have the definition pop up.

There's a good deal of nuance that I now get when reading that I just used to gloss over.

Just one more reason that ebooks rock

Lee

Same here Since my native language is French I love being able to look for a definition while I read. I use it on my Kobo WiFi and iPhone app and I can't wait for the Kobo Vox to have that option

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Old 11-30-2011, 08:16 AM   #12
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I agree. It's a great feature of ebook readers. Probably the best. Apart from glare-free screens.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:13 PM   #13
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Definitely love the built-in dictionaries! I think I'm expanding my vocabulary quite nicely by using that feature.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:51 PM   #14
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Yes, I confess I have tried to touch a word on a pbook to look it up. Nothing happened.

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:42 PM   #15
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Here you go ; I just used the Play for Fun button
I agree, that is fun. Although, I couldn't get any of the time bonuses.

BTW, I have found that the most effective way to truly learn a word is to use it incorrectly in a public setting where others can point out the actual meaning of the word.
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