George F Somsel
gfsomsel at juno.com
Fri Aug 26 07:02:50 EDT 2005
On Thu, 25 Aug 2005 21:25:48 -0500 "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
> What I present now is a maturing of ideas I got, at least
> in embroyonic form, while yet a teenager. At 19, Hebrew was
> the fifth foreign language I studied and by that time I had
> developed certain ideas as to how to learn foreign languages.
> After learning basic grammar, start filling it in with
> First, the hardest part of learning a language is learning
> vocabulary. If one wants to be able to speak a language
> fluently, he needs to learn the vocabulary with its
> ideosyncrecies as a native speaker would, not as terms are
> described in dictionaries. It was from learning modern
> languages such as German that I developed the concept that
> each lexeme has one basic meaning, the meanings for some
> lexemes are quite broad, those for others quite narrow. Of
> course, like any other social science, there are exceptions,
> they tend to be few enough not to upset the apple cart,
> fewer than the lists of irregular verbs.
> To show how much I read, I had two copies of Qoren Tanakh
> fall apart from use, my copy of Davidson's lexicon was
> history long ago, as well as my copy of Gessenius. I
> rebound my copy of Lisowski's concordance and for the last
> several years have been reading on computers where pages
> falling out are not a problem.
> While you see a matured work in what I write now, they are
> based on ideas I already had by the time I was 19 years old.
> Karl W. Randolph.
I would say that you need to relearn languages. I know a few myself and
I would say that your concept of one lexeme, one meaning is definitely
Much reading does not indicate much understanding. I remember puzzling
over the beginning of Kierkegaard's "Fear and Trembling" in college. I
would repeat the paragraph over and over and would still not comprehend.
Get yourself a good lexicon and use it.
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