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Post time 2013-12-17 20:53:25 |Display all floors
This post was edited by bravos at 2013-12-17 21:16

I am a computer programmer.



Some four month ago, my passion of learning English was rekindled after I had completed my last programming project, a rewarding one, I’d like to say. Feeling nothing to do, I didn’t choose to smell the flowers or do something else, but to ‘revitalize’ my long-neglected English.



As regards to my English, I was an average student when I was a college student, when I thought I knew about 6,000 English words and was desperate to know that there was actually one million words in this language. And in July, on Chinadaily BBS, I admitted that I only knew around 1,500 words and I knew most of my words were gone with forgotten memories. Since then, I began to learn English 12 hours a day, with increasing my vocabulary as my first priority, a hint made by my teacher Seneca. In four months, I read 5 English novels, and memorized 6,000 English words, and amazingly, I found back my lost words in the same process.


As a learner of English, I do not have a retentive memory though I am not stupid, either. Seneca, both a friend and a mentor, enlightened and inspired me. Under the tutelage of this incisive mentor, combined with my painstaking efforts, I made rapid progress.


As a programmer, I am not a humdinger, but I still made myself some amazing utilities to facilitate my English learning progress. I use an English-English dictionary called ‘Collins’, and I bought a hard-cover of it. Unfortunately, the words are so small that I have developed sore eyes. So I wrote a tool for myself. When I feed it a batch of new words, it will automatically produce a customary glossary with both meanings and phonetic symbols. It is noteworthy that one of Collins’ advantages is that you don’t need any exemplary sentences to know a word’s usages because it is already cleverly imbedded into the meaning part. I begin to memorize words alphabetically. Reading such a print out is as good as reading a popular science book.


I was not contended. I made another tool that is capable of extracting all the words that I don’t know from a novel, such as ‘Gone with the Wind’. Again, this solves the new words dilemma. I know most English learners are intimidated by the avalanche of new words when the try to dabble in an English novel. Now I have overcome this obstacle with my programming knowledge. With this tool, I began to savor original masterpieces in English and never cringed at new words.


Chinadaily forum is my cyber home. I live here, I get a teacher here, and I make friends here. As a budding star on the forum, I hope I can contribute more with better English.

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Post time 2013-12-17 21:24:13 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-12-17 21:05
Not all learners have as quick a mind as you, Bravos! Congratulations for your great success!

Thank you! I think I am a 'budding star' here, but someone else pmed me that I am a 'budding stir' here!
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Post time 2013-12-17 22:36:45 |Display all floors
That's a great read

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1584austin Post time: 2013-12-17 22:36
That's a great read

Thanks.
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Post time 2013-12-18 21:06:41 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-12-18 16:29
Maybe the poster who PMed you has dyslexia and cannot spell "star" without using an "i".

'Dyslexia' is a word for me. I wish I could have one hundredth of your lexicon.
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Post time 2013-12-18 21:20:47 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-12-18 21:14
Don't envy me. A lexicon is  very heavy equipment. In my case, I fall out of the bed every day at  ...

Hah! I'd rather blame Newton other than blame the lexicon or the floor.
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