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By rote, without knowing or understanding the actual substance of it. You will also be tested on how to apply these rules to real-world scenarios, so don't just learn to recite them parrot-fashion.

parrot fashion

If a child learns something parrot fashion, they learn it by repeating it many times, but they do not really understand what it means. Under the old system pupils often had to repeat lessons parrot fashion. There are no books, pens or chairs here, just a blackboard and a dirt floor where 150 dusty children sit in rows, learning their words parrot fashion. Note: Some parrots are able to imitate human speech, and repeat words and phrases, although they do not really understand what they are saying.
See also: fashion, parrot

(learn, repeat, etc. something) ˈparrot-fashion

(British English, disapproving) (learn, repeat, etc. something) without understanding the meaning: When we were at school we used to learn history parrot-fashion; all I can remember now is the dates.
This idiom refer to the fact that parrots can learn phrases and repeat them after you without understanding what they mean.
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It is said by those who trot out the same nonsensical lines parrot-fashion as a shield against failure that there are no easy games in international football.
Until Bono, the singers had listened to my guide, put on the headphones and sung it in a parrot-fashion.
Mythical tales have been told in the region for generations of a race of little people that "murmured" to one another and repeated back words spoken to them, parrot-fashion.
But there seemed little belief in the words that she has learned to recite almost parrot-fashion over 13 years of frustration on the All England Club's green acres.
Journalists were not trained to investigate, only to report parrot-fashion what the leaders told them.
The second half contains more of the promised local material, and Steel has been nothing if not thorough - there is a real sense that he is truly taking in information about the places he is in rather than regurgitating, parrot-fashion.
Taking the Welsh football team as a bad example I think it is imperative that we should be teaching our children our National Anthem from the age of five, not only parrot-fashion but educating them on what the anthem means, especially the last line of o bydded i'r hen iaith barhau (o may the ancient language endure).
At the time I put it down to a parrot-fashion recital of his PR department's weekly Zeitgeist Briefing but having just seen the show on CBeebies, I realise he was telling the truth.
So while I would not be daft enough to condone or defend some of the things that happened at Everton on Saturday night, it is better to be measured rather than join in the hysteria parrot-fashion to satisfy what appears to be a bloodlust.
The tales described how they could be heard ``murmuring'' to one another, and how, parrot-fashion, they repeated back words spoken to them.
It's not the Democrats and it's certainly not a media that, until recently, repeated White House press releases parrot-fashion.
These are not simply parrot-fashion retreads of tracks 1, 5 and 9 from your favourite CD to listen to in the car.
The only way is to learn tables parrot-fashion and practise with grammar exercises until it all soaks in - so there are some late nights ahead.