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Monday, April 9

The Dreaded Spanish/English Dictionary Affliction

Are You Addicted to Dictionaries?*

Take the Amerigo's test to see if you might have a dictionary problem.

1. - Have you ever decided to stop using your Spanish/English dictionary for a chapter or so, but only lasted for a couple of pages?

2. - Do you tell yourself you can quit using a your Spanish/English dictionary any time you want to, even though you keep using one when you don't mean to?

Using dictionaries while learning Spanish, or any language, is a deeply ingrained need which cannot be changed overnight.

3. - Have you ever hidden extra dictionaries around the house?

Dictionary abusers have a great fear of not having a dictionary at hand and will go to great lengths to have one available?

4. - Have you missed days of work or school because of using a dictionary?

Many of us admit now that we "called in sick" lots of times when the truth was that we were over-tired from reading so slowly with one finger in the dictionary.

5. - Do you have "blackouts"?

A "blackout" is when we look up a word in the dictionary and then have to look up the same word again the next time we see it.

If you answered Yes to one or more of these questions you might have an adDictionary disorder.

*With apologies and respect to Bill W.

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