Colors can help read and learn

We can use a color code, to make reading and learning easier. We use colors when the words are of focus. Let us begin with verbs. We color auxiliary verbs green and head verbs mauve.


Some verb forms can work as head verbs as well as auxiliaries. Our head verbs can head verb phrases. They tell the activity or faculty. Auxiliaries always require another verb. They help tell the language pattern, for example Simple, Progressive, or Perfect (see Subchapter 3.1.)




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 to make language patterns easier to work out. We can use the trick when we are older, too.



In our exercises, we usually begin with virtual word practice, and only then we work on real words: we focus on meaning better, when language structure is 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.



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:], for example in “thimo” and “reemo”.



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 form solely. This means we work as in school, only with shortcuts.


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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