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Brett.
Mar 17th, 2011, 07:46 AM
i usually find it really boring while consulting a dictionary while I'm deep into novels. i just feel like its some kind of interruption. But the bad part is I can't move on unless I find out the meaning of that word. I think in novels words plays the important part and as long as we don't get the right meaning of that word we don't get the right meaning of that novel. so, for me it's important to know the meaning.


what should i do? Should pick out all the words in the first chapter that i'm not familiar with, then find the definition of all the words then go back reading the first chapter?

what do you do when you find the word that you're not familiar with? Do you keep reading?

ArturoAce.
Mar 17th, 2011, 07:51 AM
With electronic/internet/phone dictionaries these days, it's not much of a hasslel to look something up. But usually I just read on, since I'm too lazy. It's usually not crucial to the overall meaning.

The Witch-king
Mar 17th, 2011, 09:09 AM
Usually if I a part I don't understand I'll skim through. If it turns out to be important or interesting I'll come back :shrug:

Mashabator
Mar 17th, 2011, 09:20 AM
I just keep reading, but normally if u read the rest of the sentence u can work out what the word means.

Kworb
Mar 17th, 2011, 11:34 AM
I only read on my monitor so I always have an online dictionary open. If it's in the browser then I can double click the unknown word and the definition pops up (with the Google Dictionary extension for Chrome).

Sam L
Mar 17th, 2011, 12:38 PM
i usually find it really boring while consulting a dictionary while I'm deep into novels. i just feel like its some kind of interruption. But the bad part is I can't move on unless I find out the meaning of that word. I think in novels words plays the important part and as long as we don't get the right meaning of that word we don't get the right meaning of that novel. so, for me it's important to know the meaning.


what should i do? Should pick out all the words in the first chapter that i'm not familiar with, then find the definition of all the words then go back reading the first chapter?

what do you do when you find the word that you're not familiar with? Do you keep reading?

Get a Kindle! You just scroll down to the word and the meaning displays in a box. You can open up the box for more.

The only problem is that I don't like the dictionaries that come with the Kindle. My dictionary of choice is Chambers but it's thick to be even having around when reading a novel so usually I just note it down or try to remember it and then look it up.

Julian.
Mar 17th, 2011, 12:55 PM
I used to try to look for every single word in the novel I didn't understand in the dictionary when I was younger but then I gave up as it was so annoying and troublesome. I just ignore it and try to guess the meaning myself nowadays.

Sally Struthers
Mar 17th, 2011, 06:20 PM
I never realized this was a problem for people. Of course, I don't expect that everyone has a vocabulary as large as mine though :p Even still, you can figure out what a word means through the context of the sentence.

miffedmax
Mar 17th, 2011, 08:16 PM
Usually you can work it out from the context, but I used to look words up after I finished the chapter to make sure I got it right.

I still once in a great while come across new words, which is always fun because (what with being a writer and all) I love words.