Monday, March 19, 2012

Macro-English (8)

Once the study of the English language starts to begin, the following suggestions can be useful:
1. English is learned step by step: lesson 4 is based on a full understanding of lesson 3. It is not a smart way to skip.
2. Each study time should come close to people's attention span, which is around 15-20 minutes. A total concentration matters, and skimming is inadvisable.
    In the history of Harvard University, one of the highest grades was achieved by a student, who did his homework among the loud, unpleasant noise of a large family in the slums.
    Abraham Lincoln, President of the USA, wrote his famous "Dedication" in a rattling train roaring forever forward. So how we study comes to be the first important element of success, not where.
3. Knowledge, like tasty food, should be chewed, enjoyed, and swallowed a little each time. When we feel full, the time to stop is up. How much we get counts more than how many pages we read.
4. It is good to have a pencil at hand to mark down the notes, the thoughts and the findings we have in the course of study.
5. It does us no good to feel tense when we are going through the lines. Just take it easy. Always relax as we learn.
6. When reading, we usually take 2 or 3 words at one sight:
     There is nothing/like the sight/of an old enemy/down on his luck./
     Last Sunday/we held a surprise party/for one of our old schoolmates./
     It was her birthday./We invited forty people,/and most of them came./
This skill can be easily obtained with some practice, and then it will become our lifelong tool.

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