In order to be an effective, productive, and fulfilling person, we must be able to generalize our abilities to any new job. It’s the same for building a new home. It’s the same for learning a new language.
That sounds like a lot of words, but it’s not. Its all about generalization. We all have generalizations of sorts. The ones that are most useful are the ones that help us understand just how our particular talents and abilities can be used to solve a given problem. So let’s take the generalization of a new language learner. Say you’re learning a new language. You have a very specific, limited vocabulary.
The generalization of a language learner is to pick up language quickly and be able to put it to use immediately. That is what a new language learner does. The best language learners don’t just learn words they think they know, they learn words that might be useful just for that purpose. For example, its possible to learn a new language without ever knowing the word for the day you’re learning it. It’s not a problem because you can’t talk yet.
Language learning is a big part of the process for any language learner, but it is especially critical for those who are new to a new language. Many language learners get stuck in the language because they lack context, because there are so many words they dont know, or because they forget some of the words they have already learned. Thats why when reading a book to learn a new language, you need to look up every word. Thats why you need to know every word in the dictionary.
The best way to learn a new language is to read as many books as you can. You will soon learn all the words you need and more. But you will also learn the sounds of the words. This is where generalisability comes in.
Generalisability is the property of a concept that you can “generalize” on and therefore apply to other concepts that you find in the same domain. A generalisable concept is one that can be generalized to any extent you want. So, for example, you can generalize on the concept of “car” to “a car that can get you home.” Generalisability is one of the most important properties of human cognition.
In general, it is very important for generalisability. One of the most important things you should learn, especially now, is that you should generalise on the things you know. In order to generalise on a concept, you first need to find a concept that is similar to the one you’re trying to generalise on. We generalise on a concept because we have a similar concept in mind, but our concept is different because we have a different set of experiences.
This idea is the most common misconception about generalising. We generalise on a concept because we have a similar concept in mind, but our concept is different because we have a different set of experiences.
Generalising is a great way to learn and get a general idea of a concept, but it is only useful when you have a similar concept in mind. If you don’t have a similar concept in mind, then you have no idea what you’re trying to generalise about.
The problem with generalising is that you make it seem like you have a similar concept in mind, but you dont. That’s why it is hard for people to generalise. Most people just make a vague statement about their experience, but when you do the same thing, you dont generalise. For example, if you say, “I am a woman.” you dont generalise, because there is no similarity between you and a ‘woman’.