The architecture of Enlgish language

Goals and self appraisal

Active lexical chunk

active theory 如何提升口语主动词汇量(一)
Big Words Vs Small Words: Learning English
* 效果
阅读<朗读, 听<跟读<翻译, 复述<真实输出

small words

Phrasal verbs

100 Most Common English Verbs List

看中文说英语 translation

Some thoughts on Zhihu

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  • Life-relevant


    Speak fluently



    no chinese; 意群;English neural network

    Why I cannot understand some words in conversation.

  • new words
    Verabl advantage

  • know the word but with wrong pronounciation. parameter, ride, rid, raid, read.

  • know the word and pronounciation, but cannot distguish it form other sounds in sentence, e.g. ‘bed, bad, bide’

  • know the word and pronounciation, but sometimes hardly recognize while listening, e.g. point, 小词的组合拳打击

[5 principles and 7 actions][]

  1. Focus on language content that is relevant to you.
  2. No Chinese
    Use the new language as a tool to communicate. Instead of simply learning the language in an academic setting, put yourself in situations which force you to use the language in order to be able to communicate with others.
  3. Comprehensible input
  4. Learning a language is not about acquiring knowledge. Instead, in many ways it’s about physiological training.
  5. Your psychological state matters. If you’re sad, angry, worried, or upset, you’re not going to learn the new language.
    The Seven Actions
  6. Listen; a lot.
  7. Focus on getting the meaning first, even before you get the words.
  8. Start mixing.
  9. Focus on the core. With every language there’s high frequency content. As an illustration, in English, one thousand words cover 85% of anything you’re going to say in daily life. Three-thousand words give you 98% coverage. All the other words in the English language are the icing on the cake.
  10. Get a language parent.
  11. Copy the face. In order to learn to make the sounds that will allow you to speak the new language, you have to watch the face of people who speak that language.
  12. “Direct Connect” to mental images. Most people learning to speak another language will make a list of words that they want to learn in their mother tongue, and next to each word they’ll place the equivalent in the language that they’re trying to learn. Then they just go over the list repeatedly in the hopes of memorizing the words in the new language. This is very inefficient.