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The mindmap technique

The mindmap technique is very potent indeed, although I haven't used it for a long time. I prepared my reports with the help of mindmaps, and they were hugely useful in remembering of contents and sequence of narrations. There is no such activity now, and for goal setting, I use lists only. But maybe I should think about using mindmaps somewhere again.

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The learner's ability to speak continuously by chunking and linking words together. For example, instead of saying very slowly, "I - am - poor. I - have - no - money" like a robot, a fluent speaker would say, "I'm poor because I don't have any money."

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Good job again, Oleks. You have improved greatly and with every new text you post, your writing skills are enhanced. Keep it up!

The Mindmap Technique


The mindmap technique is very potent indeed, although I haven't used it for a long time. I prepared my reports with the help of mindmaps, and they were hugely useful in remembering of contents and sequence of narrations. There is no such activity now I do not do that now; and for goal setting, I use lists only. But maybe I should think about using mindmaps somewhere again.

 


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Thank you, Aliakbar! Your assistance helps a lot!

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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The mindmap technique is very potent indeed, although I haven't used it for a long time. I prepared my reports with the help of mindmaps (no comma) and they were hugely useful in remembering of contents and sequence of narrations. There is no such activity now (no comma) and for goal setting, I use lists only. But maybe I should think about using mindmaps somewhere again. (It is taught in schools not to start a sentence with the word "but." Just keep this in mind. I also start sententences with the word "but" occasionally, so it's ok not to follow every single grammar rule)

Your punctuaction is getting better in my opinion. Knowing where to place commas can be a little difficult to fully understand, however in general, you do not need a comma before the word "and." 

Another way to improve grammar if you are not already doing so is to read A LOT in English. You will need to pay attention to the punctuation when you are reading and practice when you are writing.

Good luck

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Thank you, Kjcoffin! I'll keep in mind your comments.

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