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Languages study: reading and writing - Ivan Pavlovich Ostapyuk - 07-11-2004

There is something to say.
To study a language fast is a good thing.

I personally see passive and active reading.
Passive reading when one reads the semitic text with vowels (or transliteration), turns around see the same text without vowels and cannot read because he is completely dependant on the voweled words. The long span of life passes by and he remains in the same stage. His memory is not active sufficiently but is passive and dependant.
Another reading is active. When one reads without vowels. Look at the voweled dictionary, or ask Paul Younan (as Aramaic language native speaker) how to pronounce it and just remember. Look around see the same texts and read aloud many times. Works good.
One sees the unvoweled text and he has its pronunciation in his heart.
A big disadvantage to put beside transliterated or voweled text. This is not natural.
The dictionary of the New Testament (western canon) has about 5,000 words. It is good to make a computer program that will pick up these words from the text. Then, to vowel these words to be as a reference and put this dictionary at the end of the text. Better if to sound these words. Works great!
One reading the text (without beside translation, transliteration, and vowelling) absorbs the grammar by natural way and sees as the meanings of the words are being built up because the context does this.
Writing as copying the text is passive. A little use of it.
Take the above mentioned dictionary and start compiling the sentences. Every new sentence should have new word introduced. Double benefit! The dictionary words and the grammar are being mastered simultaneously speedily and surely.
But, without an audio teacher of the above mentioned dictionary the pronunciation will not be perfect.