So I'm having some trouble with these constructs.

"By listening I bad accept the information"

Phonetically it doesn't sound right to me. I'm more in favor of

"I'm bad at accepting the information"

But it is also possible to change the order of the sentence to

"I accept the information bad (or badly), by listening."

  • Welcome! You're right not to trust the sound of the first one; it has many problems. I'm still having a little trouble, but I think the meaning that you want to communicate is that you have trouble getting information by listening? If so, you might want a different word besides "accept," since that means "agree to take in"; maybe "receive" or another word. But that's not the main point of your question, which is about word order. Commented Nov 11, 2021 at 18:54
  • idiom: to be bad at something or at doing something.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 14, 2021 at 16:49

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A couple of responses:

Word order is off, but mainly the words themselves aren't really the best fit for your intended meaning.

I totally know what you're getting at, I'm the same way. Some ways I would describe my situation:

I don't take in verbal information well.

I don't absorb verbal information as easily as written information.

I don't learn as much by listening as by reading.

The word 'accept' is more passive than you want I think.. so not the best meaning, also since it's passive, it fits differently in a sentence.

For word order, I'd suggest:

I don't --verb-- by listening -well- or -very well-.

With the verb of your choice!

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