COLORS CAN HELP READ AND LEARN

A color code can make reading and learning easier. Let us begin with verbs. We color auxiliary verbs green and head verbs mauve.

 

Some verb forms can work as head verbs and as auxiliaries. Our head verbs can head verb phrases. They tell the activity or faculty. Auxiliary forms always require another verb. They help tell the language pattern, as the Simple, Progressive, or Perfect (see SUB-CHAPTER 3.1.)

 

PICTURE: AUXILIARY AND HEAD VERB FORMS

We could say,

I am a learner;
I am learning.

 

We also could say,
I have a grammar book;
I have learned grammar.

 

To avoid confusion, we can use invented words. Virtual words can be fun. Kids use them regularly, following own natural intuitions. We can use the trick when we are older, too.

 

PICTURE: KIDS

 

In our exercises, we usually begin with virtual word practice, and work on real words only after. We can focus on meaning better, when language structures are not a problem.

 

We can try a virtual form “bimo” for an invented verb. We use “bimo” with the forms and in the places for head verbs. This can help us focus on syntax.
I am bimoing.
I have bimoed.

 

We can have two invented verbs, bimo and thimo, as well as two invented nouns, phimo and reemo.

 

Our virtual verbs are gillyflower. Our invented nouns can be carrot. The colors are much less likely to occur in print, even color print, and invented words are just to help exercise. They are not to replace language.

I have a phimo.

 

Virtual words can help learn speech sounds.

 

VIRTUAL WORDS, BIMO, PHIMO, THIMO, AND REEMO

The words have the sounds [f], [b], [th], and [r] in the same position. The sounds may be difficult to learners, just as telling [I] from [I:]. We have the sounds in “thimo” and “reemo”, to practice.

 

 

Kids might say things as “phimo bimoes reemo” not only for fun, but also for real language exercise. Virtual words allow practice at the level of language form solely. This means we work as in school, only with shortcuts.

EMOTICON: SMILE

 

In our language journey, pronouns and nouns are ink blue. Highlights and mapping extents are blue. We avoid color red, for the prevalent and adverse associations with prescriptive opinion on error.

 

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