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Old October 30, 2012, 08:47 AM
magicrob magicrob is offline
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Agree with all points above. I would add though, that as a way of gaining vocabulary it can cause problems - I remember reading a couple of books by Eduardo Mendoza, and took note of some interesting vocabulary I found. When I finally managed to slip those words into conversation (I think one was "rimbombante"), I got some strange looks. People just don't really use those kinds of words.

That was my fault for basically trying to show off. When using books for vocab, it's great for developing passive vocab, but with active vocab be careful because many authors have their own ways of writing, and you can end up sounding quite unnatural.
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