Monday, February 25, 2008

An advantage of using mind maps to learn English over using paragraphs

An advantage of using mind maps to learn English over using paragraphs
用腦圖勝於用段落,怎樣好?

Basic differences:
A mind map is like a picture with the main (most important) idea put at the center.
A paragraph is a block of texts with the main idea sometimes signaled by a topic sentence.

基本不同:
腦圖好像圖畫,最重要的意念放在中央
段落由"一塊兒"的文字組成,最重要的意念有時由旨句帶出。


An advantage of using mind maps to learn English over using paragraphs is the clarity brought by visualizing the importance of ideas. Visualizing literally means "making visual" or putting texts or other things (not pictures) into pictures.

用腦圖勝於用段落,怎樣好?在於清晰。意念各有輕重先後,腦圖把這個有多重要的層次視像化出來。視像化字面上是化為視像的意思,或者由文字/其它不是圖像的材料轉化為圖像。


Example 例子:

Compare the following paragraph with the mind map. Which is clearer if you take a look at each of them for the first time? 比較下面的段落和腦圖。倘若你第一次看以下的一段或一幅,這段文字還是這幅腦圖更為清晰?

Writing a good story is as challenging as drawing a good picture. A good story consists of many elements, including good description of characters and good narrative strategies.

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