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Entries from November 9th, 2004

What to read

What to read: Suppose you want to read in English. What kind of texts should you choose to maximize your progress?

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How to read English texts if you’re learning English

This week’s update is a real hit: Tom explains how people normally read and why this way of reading is not optimal for English learners. He also shows, with plenty of examples, how you should read if you want to super-charge your grammar.

How to read English texts if you’re learning English

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Why you need to start reading in English on your own

Why you need to start reading in English on your own:

In this article, I will show why reading English texts on your own is the way to go. The arguments will fall into three categories: Intensity, Motivation and Authenticity (…)

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Myth #7: Studying pronunciation is not important

Seventh article in our popular series “Language learning: Myths and facts”: “Studying pronunciation is not important“.

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SuperMemo manual updated for SM 2004

We have updated our user-friendly SuperMemo manual (“Using SuperMemo to learn English“) to describe SuperMemo 2004.

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Updated introduction to sentence items

This time we have something for those of our readers who use SuperMemo to learn English (or other languages): an updated version of our introduction to sentence items with a more thorough discussion of their advantages over standard definition-word items.

By the way, SuperMemo 2004 for Windows has just been released. Congratulations SuperMemo World on this new release!

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Myth #6: Critical Period hypothesis

How many times have you heard that “If you didn’t learn a foreign language as a child, you will never be fully proficient in its grammar”? This week’s article explains why this statement is unjustified.

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Myth #5: Foreigners cannot help but speak with a foreign accent

“You are a foreigner, therefore you will always have a foreign accent” — this line is often used to discourage learners from studying pronunciation seriously. Our new article in the “Language learning: Myths and facts” series proves it is not true.

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Two more language learning myths

Two more language learning myths:

  1. “It is OK to make mistakes”
  2. “As a beginner, you’re bound to make a lot of mistakes”

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Myth #2: The best way to learn a foreign language is to speak it

Probably the most frequently repeated piece of advice for language learners is that the best way to learn a foreign language is to speak it. We discuss this statement in the second article in our series on the myths of language learning.

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Myth #1: The best way to learn English is to go to an English-speaking country

In the coming weeks, I will be publishing a series of short articles about the most widespread and most harmful myths of language learning. I’ve named the series “Language learning: Myths and facts”.

The first myth I’m going to discuss says that the best way to learn a foreign language is to go to a foreign country. Is going to America or Britain really the best way to learn English? Read the article to find out!

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Type IPA phonetic transcriptions online

Tom has developed an online editor which lets you type IPA-based phonetic transcriptions of English words. You can type phonetic symbols with buttons and keyboard shortcuts, and then copy your transcriptions to your word processor.

If you’re an English teacher, this is the easiest way to add IPA-based pronunciations to your handouts.

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Why publishers are unable to develop a really good software dictionary

Learn why publishers are unable to develop a really good software dictionary and why HarperCollins made a new edition of its software dictionary that is worse than the previous one.

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Updated English sounds chart and intro to phonetic transcription

Updated versions of our popular table with English sounds and the introduction to phonetic transcription. Now even more informative and accurate.

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4th edition of the Collins COBUILD Advanced dictionary

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The best of the Antimoon Forum in 2003

The best of Antimoon Forum in 2003: 390 most interesting discussions that occurred in our forum in the past year. Most of the topics fall into these three categories:

  • English grammar/vocabulary questions
  • Discussions on pronunciation and accents (including accent samples from our readers)
  • Advice for learners of English and other languages

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