Thursday, April 17, 2008

Vocabulary




Booking Through Thursday

Suggested by Nithin:

I’ve always wondered what other people do when they come across a word/phrase that they’ve never heard before. I mean, do they jot it down on paper so they can look it up later, or do they stop reading to look it up on the dictionary/google it or do they just continue reading and forget about the word?

-When I come across words/phrase that I don't know or never heard of, I Sometime try to say the words in a way that I think it is pronounced in my head and then continue reading. I have learn some Scottish words this way and even try to run the words to my friends who can then correct me of the pronunciation. But then I figure out the meaning of a word by the context, so it was easier on me. I think if I write the words down on papers or look it up in dictionary/google it would ruin my reading enjoyment if I stopped. So I try not to do that and just keep on reading. And then hope to see the words again so I can remember to ask my friends about it the next time. I've friends who I know can help me with these words/phrase and I can run it with them to tell me what the words mean. Since they are fan of dictionary and google *grin*. And sometime authors would give the meaning of the words as they tell the story too.

Saying that, most of the time I normally just ignore the words/phrase and just continue reading. It no big deal if I forget what words/phrase that I want to ask friends about. I just know sooner or later, my friends would come across the same words and then mention it.

I hope I make sense, because I think I'm going around the bushes with this LOL! What about you? What do you do when you come across words/phrase you never heard of before?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

15 comments:

Melody said...

I agree with you that it'll take away the reading pleasure... but I'll check them if I'm working on a computer. Or if I remember them, I'll check them whenever there's a chance.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for visiting my blog =)

I don't like stopping reading to look stuff up either, unless the word is really important or I have a dictionary close by. I forget to look words up later anyway!

Oh, and I liked Becoming Jane a lot - I'll probably blog about it later. =)

Maree said...

I rarely come across words I don't know anymore. I have a feeling I'd just move on, though. :)

Chris said...

I try to figure it out.

Nithin said...

I usually continue reading without pausing to look up the word. I have tried looking up the word in the dictionary or in Google, but it's too distracting when I'm reading a book.

LisaMM said...

I usually just skip right over an unfamiliar word, unless it seems really important to the story.

Table Talk said...

I love words so I always want to know what they mean. You never know when it might be fun to use them.

Kim L said...

Yeah I don't usually look things up either, I just try to sound it out. Good answers!

Literary Feline said...

Perhaps because I journal while I read anyway, stopping to look up a word doesn't cause much disruption to my reading at all. If I cannot figure out a word on my own, I do like to look it up or ask about it at least if I can. Often times I cannot though because I'm reading nowhere near my computer or a dictionary and am by myself. Then I remember to look it up later or I don't.

gautami tripathy said...

I go on with my reading. I do look up foreign words! But then I prefer a glossary at the end!

Here is my BTT post!

Julia said...

Melody - I just like to keep on reading and not stop. If I think it important or just like the words, I'm more likely ask friends (who still on AIM with me) who have knowledge on words *grin*

Jennifer - I don't usually have dictionary next to me..ever. Glad to hear you like Becoming Jane, I be interested to read your review on it :)

Maree - Or words that it just not new to you and you hear it so often that you moved on :)

Chris - Figuring out words on your own is good way to learn it out :)

Nithin - Agree with you!

Lisamm - I do that sometime too...unless Im facinated with the word

Table talk - I have friend who love words too. So she set up a word for each day. And we either learn the word, find it in dictionary...and use it on friends/family...fun!

Kim - Looking it up sure ruin the smooth of the reading flow..thanks for your comments

Literary Feline - I use journal on books...I still do but it been a long while since I done one. And dictionary is never near me when I'm reading.

Thanks everyone for stoping by my blog. I hope you come back here again!

Julia said...

Gautami - Foreign words are tricky but facinated..like Scottish speak.

I will visit your blog soon, thanks for visiting mine. Hope you stop by again!

Alice Teh said...

Hi Julia, my answer's the same as Wendy's. hehe...

pussreboots said...

I sometimes try to pronounce foreign words out loud too when I'm reading. Here's my answer.

Julia said...

Alice - Nice to have common answers with another blogger, right? As I told Wendy, I never had dictionary around me. It just on the shelf..far away from me hehe.

Pussreboots - Pronouncing foreign words is fun. Trying it out and figuring the meaning. Like the scottish talk hehe

Thanks both for stopping by. Hope you come back here again!