It’s amazing to see how traditional classroom systems work or rather how they don’t work. Ever since our forum has been online, there have been hundreds if not thousands of people who asked “What means …?” I’m sure that the vast majority of those learners have attended a traditional English class in which their teachers could have taught them that one of most important questions to any student of English should be “What does this word mean?” I think this shows that the conventional approach to grammar simply does not work. Also, there are so many tools available that give you the meaning of any single word. Still, there are many people who ask their teacher for information they can easily find in a dictionary.
Why do you think is that? I mean, what do you think makes people ask about the meaning of single words? Is it that they don’t know what else to ask or maybe they simply don’t know how to use a dictionary?
PS: Maybe some people confuse the phrase what means? with what gives?[YSaerTTEW443543]
TOEFL listening discussions: Why are these young men in conversation?[YSaerTTEW443543]