I wanted to do a quick, short post to explain why I'm not writing much at the moment - but I got sidetracked by and with words - as usual!.
The reason for being otherwise occupied is due to the pile of books I collected last week from the Academy in preparation for the new term, which starts on Monday. Exciting stuff.
I have everything from 'My Family' and 'The Enormous Turnip' to 'Five Children and It' and 'London', as well as text books, CDs, grammar exercises and suggestions for language games. To say I need to read all these just didn't seem to sum up the task I have ahead of me.
So, share with me, if you will, an unpacking of that simple word - in its present tense - READ (pronounced 'reed', not its past tense, READ, pronounced 'red'.)
According to Merriam Webster, I will be going over and mentally taking in the content of the books on my table. Which seems fair enough as far as it goes. (And Fairy Nuff is a tackety-booted fairy of questionable talent who speaks solely in verse, of course.)
But it doesn't go far enough - so, to expand on the idea of simply reading....
Maybe I'll just browse through some of the younger readers' books, as I can decipher, comprehend and understand these with just a quick scan and skim.
I shall be perusing the more advanced material - in the context that peruse has of studying, poring over, rather than its other context which implies a much more casual approach. (Now how did that happen - that the word 'peruse' can mean study or give only a cursory look?)
The grammar in the senior text books will definitely need careful reviewing and studying in order to get a full grasp of the content. Maybe even a little interpreting and deciphering in order to explain grammatical problem areas.
So you see, I'm rather busy! Classes start on Monday and I am so looking forward to them. And I will be very well-read before I go. What are you reading now?
(I resisted the temptation to include a track from 'Simply Red' here in order to link in with my title because I don't like the band. If you do, or you fancy listening, I include the link to their YouTube page!)