今週の #WOTW は 'sneak’ です。’Sneak’ is a verb (sometimes phrasal), a noun, and an adjective, as well as something some of us are thinking of doing these days. (Stay home!) Let’s have a look at the verb first.
今週の #WOTW は 'heuristic’ です。’Heuristic’ is not a word that people use all the time, but it’s related to triplo’s take on learning, so we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at it. This word is mostly used as an adjective, but it can also be a noun. Let’s start with the former.
Did you know that there are more non-native users of English than native speakers? If you count all the people who learn and use English as a second language and as foreign language, then native speakers account for only about 25% of the total! But what is a native speaker?
As we’ve mentioned before, learning vocabulary is one of the most important and hardest aspect of learning English. Ultimately the best way to learn new words is from context and picking up words through extensive reading, but most people need to and want to take a more explicit to learning vocabulary by memorising new words. But, how do you know what words to learn?
One of the biggest struggles any language learner has is learning new words. This particularly true with English which has one of the biggest vocabularies of any language. But, there are probably fewer words to learn than you might think to get to decent level of comprehensive and communicative ability. The problem is, how do you know how many words you know? How big is your vocabulary?