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A “wooden” coat

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Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).

English is not my first language. I’m learning, so I often use the dictionary or the help of others to find the right words to speak and write. of course I’ve made a lot of mistakes while speaking some of them funny. Like when I described myself dressed in a wooden coat, instead of a woolen coat, and so on.

When I have doubts and I don’t have my dictionary handy, I usually try to avoid the difficult word and explain what I have in my mind with words I know.

I have been a teacher of writing in Spanish in a Journalism School. I encouraged my students to use the dictionary, above all when they had doubts. I had once a student with very bad orthography and poor vocabulary. I was trying to convince him to use more often te dictionary to solve his doubts and he replied : but I don’t hesitate! I don’t know when I need to check a word. It was really difficult to teach him.

Dictionary, Shmictionary.


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Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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