Reading books..."scaffolding" to help.
I'm just about to start reading my first Vietnamese novel...had a real interesting conversation with a polyglot friend last night about reading strategies and what we English teachers call "scaffolding"...things that we can use to help us achieve our tasks....it also called to mind reading the great book POLYGLOT by Kato Lomb (google it...free pdf online):
Firstly, just read a few paragraphs and see if you can get the gist of what it's saying....
Try reading the paragraph out loud (I think this will really help with Vietnamese.)....
Next, and only after the 1st two steps, underline the words you don't know that you think are important......read on, do those words come up again? Can you work them out from the context?
Reach for your dictionary...but only after trying the other stages....don't look up EVERY word....try and work out as much as possible from what you know and the context.
Can anyone add to/improve this list?
Hmm, so this means you only look up the most frequent used words. This is a good idea, although I never know when to do step 4. After a few paragraphs? after a few pages? or after 10 pages or so? I think it's possible to create a simple website to keep track of words we don't know and the number of times we run into them.
For me I like to do this with books rather than websites/pdf's....having the internet is too distracting.
totally....a book only comes to life once it's been used! Anyway...I usually use GOOGLE TRANSLATE as my dictionary...I just need to develop more self control with regards checking my facebook every 2 min!