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Book Quote Review -9


『「あと一歩」の40歳からの英語独学法』 笹野洋子著

    I agree with you on this point. When I learn vocabulary, I make it rule to take much time because if we try to learn vocabulary without taking enough time we come to learn these by heart. But learning something by heart is not appropriate for our language learning because once we retrieve some words you have learned by heart it takes time to do it.
    On the other hand, if we learn vocabulary without learning by heart, we need to listen a lot, we need to read many books, or in short we need a lot of exposure to the language. If we don't have a lot of exposure, we will miss the opportunity to see the words or phrase or phrasal verb or else before we forget about these and then we will fail to learn the vocabulary.
    If we learn vocabulary without learning by heart, it is important to see the same word many times and in order to do this we need to take much time and a lot of exposure.


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    I agree with you on this point. If we consult a dictionary when we see someone dancing on the stage and try to say to the person "お尻振って~!! in English", we can find the English equivalent of "尻" is "buttock" or "hip". So most of us Japanese who are studying English may say to the dancing person "Shake your buttock!" or "Shake your hip!"
    However, maybe these expressions are unnatural, aren't they? Maybe we should say "Shake your butt!" or "Shake your hips!"
    But I have not heard someone saying "Shake your butt!" or "Shake your hips!". I have heard something like this. "Shake your booty!!" So I feel that the expression "Shake your booty!!" is more natural than the others.
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