chapter  4
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Energy for Learning: The Strategic Energizers—An Introduction

We all have moments when our language capabilities fall short of allowing us to fully understand something. It may be as simple as encountering a word we’ve never heard before. This is a minor loss of meaning we can easily compensate for. On the other hand, a significant lack of vocabulary can minimize what we understand. Few of us, for example, could readily converse about quantum physics, although we may be able to grasp the basic concepts if someone explained them to us in layman’s language. Much more frustrating are the times when we simply can’t express what we want to. It’s not uncommon for people in moments of high emotion to exclaim, “Oh, I just can’t put it into words!” Our ability to comprehend often depends on having both sufficient language and the appropriate language for the situation.