What do I have to read to understand the manual and help documentation, etc.? I've had ubuntu on and off in total for some years, but I have never learnt anything, and never been able to solve a problem for myself. I think that is because I do not understand the documentation, so cannot learn from the documentation. Anything but a walk through is a bit like studying philosophy and getting to logical notation -- I don't understand what you are saying, because I do not understand how you are presenting it, even as I have a good grasp of how to reason logically (do affirm the consequent not the antecedent).
I am bright; certainly my reading comprehension. But I find it impossible to learn in languages that I do not understand, especially as I do not learn new vocabulary in that language unless I am sure I'm right. i.e. learning from -- rather than citing -- wikipedia is foolish and impossible for me. Is there no basic, authoritative and complete resource for learning to read -- fluently -- ubuntu documentation?