Do you look up the dictionary when you don't know what the words mean?

@mermaidivy (15412)
United States
August 17, 2009 6:09pm CST
I think for all the people that is using mylot must have to know English no matter their English is good or not, if you don't know any of the English, you cannot even understand the instructions here. So I would assume most of you guys have pretty good English and can express well in it. But I wonder for those of the native English speaker, when you have word that you don't know, do you still need to look up the dictionary or you can tell what it means by the spelling? What's funny is in my language, we could tell what it means sometimes by looking the texture of the word, for example, if a word that has a "gold" on the left side of the word, it probably is something about golden. Does English work in that way as well?
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
English is my second language but I pride myself in being fluent at it. I might not have a very extensive vocabulary that most people would say they'd get nose bleeds just to hear me talk or read some of my writings.LOL But still, at least I can communicate well with it, or die trying. Im really not fond of bringing dictionaries in my bag, but we were always required to do so during elementary. I dread bringing it because the dictionary that I have is not a pocket sized one. Its almost the same size as my notebook and 5x thicker. Though I love the definitions that it gives because its clear, to the point and not like those other dictionaries that tells you to look up other synonyms just to get to the meaning. Now I always make use of my Encarta Dictionary here in my computer whenever I need to use other words that have the same meaning as what I wanted to say. And of course I use it too whenever I read something that I absolutely have no idea of its meaning even when trying to understand its context in the sentence/paragraph.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
24 Aug 09
THanks for sharing :-)
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
25 Aug 09
you're welcome and thanks for the award^_^
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
25 Aug 09
you're welcome and thanks for the award^_^
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• Malaysia
18 Aug 09
Anyone who knows the English language still need to look up the dictionary once in awhile. We cannot simply know all the words, it's too vast. There will always be words that you never heard of or words that's new. It is the same with other languages. Not even a professor of languages know all the words. So I guess we will always need that Concise Oxford Dictionary after all.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
But it is morew convenient to look up online these days.
@patofgold23 (5075)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
o yeah..i do! i must say I am good in english as it is almost my first language.. i was born in the PI but my mom's an American...so we speak a great deal of English ...I worked as an English instructor for years in the past. ...but I can't help it, I always come across words that are new to me -the dictionary always come in handy!
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@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
yes, i do that! i'm not perfect and english is not really our native language but I believe that I can speak well with the English language. Though there are times that I hear some new vocabs whether it be British English or American English. In my laptop, I do have this software called wordweb. It has keyboard shortcut keys so you can easily open the program if you find a word that you wanna look up. It's great, every one should try it!
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@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Sometimes I get confsed of the same word when I only hear the words with two different accents.
• United Kingdom
18 Aug 09
I used to do this but not anymore! I found that it would take too long just to get through one book! Still, I genuinely believe that the more you read the better your vocabulary will become. When you read you start to pick up the author's usage of the English language and it can only benefit you in time. When you read a lot you also start to find yourself speaking more fluently and understanding more too I think. Well, I love to read and I have noticed this for myself. Andrew
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@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Online dictionary is a lot more convenient now.
• Canada
18 Aug 09
It's the first place I look, after I asked my memere if she knew the word.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
• India
18 Aug 09
Sorry for my ignorance, but what is "memere"?
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I assumed he meant his girlfriend or partner or something.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
17 Aug 09
Its really convenient that you can just simply install a dictionary on your computer so that you can just browse for the word that you don't understand or not sure of when it comes to spelling. I sometimes look up words that are not familiar to me as well as check if I am spelling them right whenever I use them in my compositions. Its always good to make sure. When it comes to knowing the meaning of the word by looking on the parts that it may have, like prefix, rootwords or so on, I sometimes assume how the word would mean, especially when they quite familiar but, when it comes to words that I simply don't understand, I just look it up in the dictionary to see what it means. There are also good dictionaries which even provide the etymology of the word which would really help retain the meaning of such words that we don't know and even those words that we sometimes take for granted for its simplicity.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Right, it is very easy these days to jsut check on the internet, type in and enter, lotsof result will come out.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
As long as you are connected to the internet. Or else, we'd just have to rely on dictionaries that we install in our computers if not go back to those printed references (^_^ )
@Newpal (154)
• India
18 Aug 09
Yes, it becomes sometimes necessary for me.Also I like to ask from my friends and elder people.It becomes necessary only when the word is tough or is rearly used.It mostly happens while reading books.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Right, new vocabularies always appear in the books.
@psycospaz (320)
• United States
18 Aug 09
English kind of works like that, but I am addicted to my dictionary. I love learning new words and even have word of the day in my email, and on my Ipod. Now if I can't get to a dictionary I can usually figure out the meaning of the world from the context of the sentence. Basically not from the spelling but from the words around it, and the overall meaning of the sentence. :D
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I used to like the big dictionary a lot too until I got the elcectrici portable dictionary, I gave up looking up the wors in the book one anymore.
@xichen7 (153)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Long time I am not use a paper dictionary, It is realy very heavy to carry. When I met some new words I don't know, I will try to use the software like a electric dictionary. Sometimes I can't find the mean from that, I will try to find the meaning from the search engine. From the internet you can find the special meaning of the words, like internet language. happy mylot!
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Oh yea... remember the old dyas, the teacher needed us to bring back to school and homr for classwork and homework... that was so so heavy!
@pupupd (1521)
• India
18 Aug 09
Yes, sometimes English works in that way, but the words which helps in understanding the meaning of the main word is itself not known most of the time, so as a result We have to take the help of dictionary to know the real meaning of that word. You can know more if you study English literature where students learn how to understand a meaning of word just by looking at the spelling, sometimes contextual meaning also matters, this is necessary and most widely used in CAT exam for MBA degree.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I don't know how to find out the meaning by looking at the spelling if I don't know the vocabulary. Thanks for sharing :-)
@rayne2008 (143)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Yes. Looking up the meaning of a word is a good practice especially that English is not our main language. We just have to familiarize ourselves with the suffixes and prefixes together with the different forms of the words.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
It hink it helps us to remember the new words too.
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
18 Aug 09
If I am not sure of the meaning of a word, or if I cannot figure it out by the context in which it is being used, I will look it up in the dictionary. English is probably not the easiest of languages to learn. There are many rules of grammar to learn before it gets easier to understand. The longer one practices English and use it, the easier it becomes.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Sometimes we can guess the meaning of the word we don't know by checking on how it was used in a sentence but as long as it was used correctly. When I came accross to said words, I would refer these to my daughter who is an Englisg major or to my son who's a Psychology major. Should no one of us know that's the only time we would refer these to the dictionary.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
@thaMARKER (3093)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
yes i do but once i'm online, i used to just surf it online. most of the times if i'm curious about one word, i'd research the meaning. English is not my first language so there are a lot of words that i'm curious about but i used English language in a day most of the time. I'm a customer service representative by the way and we are required to speak the language. as much as possible, i use simple words.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
@Sparkz95 (222)
18 Aug 09
Well, not really. But like, if i'm bored enough, then I would look something up in the dictionary. However, i'd use an online dictionary because routing through my house to find a dictionary and then looking for a word is too much hastle. I prefer just typing in the word and finding out the meaning. Anyway, we can't really tell from the "texture" of the word, but sometimes we can tell from what it sounds like. If the word has other words in it, then it normally has something to do with that thing, just like you said.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I do look up words, at times I just want to know where the word comes from. As long as you can figure out the root of the word you often can figure out the meaning of it.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Right.
• United States
18 Aug 09
If i'm not clear on the definition i look it up in the dictionary. But if it's spelling i'm having trouble with, i usually just ask someone on msn. You learn quickly which of your friends can spell, and which can't. Lol.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Thanks for sharing :-)
@judy1988 (117)
• China
17 Aug 09
to tell the truth,my vocabulary is poor,so i need dictionary all the time,but i have a desktop dictionary,which is very convenient.
@mermaidivy (15412)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Yes, it is convenient to have thos these days.
• Malawi
12 Sep 09
I rarely consult the dictionary. Sometimes I do check up a word's definition in the dictionary.