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If you’ve started to learn English or have been studying English for several years now, you’ ve certainly experienced a moment when you need a dictionary. For translating something you want to say or something you have been told. Dictionary is the best friend of foreign language students, thats clear. We’ll give you several hints for good online dictionaries you can use. They’re easy to use so you can use them for improving your English effectively.

Dictionaries can be divided into two categories

  1. Translation – or bilingual dictionaries; this type of dictionary can help you if you need to translate an English word into Czech or a Czech expression into English
  2. Defining – also called monolingual dictionaries; in these dictionaries you can find an English definition of the English word. You can improve your English and actively expand your vocabulary with these dictionaries

Here are some dictionaries of both types we recommend you to use.

Translation dictionaries: English – Czech – English

http://www.slovnik.cz/ - basic dictionary for translating words, very easy to use

http://slovnik.seznam.cz/ - this dictionary has been upgraded several times during its existence and today this dictionary contains a function of advanced grammar that will show you commonly used phrases with searched word

http://translate.google.com/ - this platform run by Google offers very useful translator you can insert whole parts of text into and it will translate this text for free. But you have to be aware of grammatical mistakes that can occur in the translation

Defining dictionaries: English –English

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ - this dictionary is made in the classic style.  You can also select if you want to search the word in British or American English and also in Business English or simple English that is understandable for English students

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ - this versatile dictionary offers you translations and multiple advanced idioms and phrases and it can be used  for translating  any ordinary expressions

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/ - dictionary with clear graphics, good processing of definitions and combinations of words and phrases that contains the searched word Dictionaries can be used not only for translation but also for improving your pronunciation.

If you need to know the pronunciation of a word  you can find phonetic transcript in any good dictionary next to searched word. If you want also to hear it, visit website: http://www.howjsay.com/ where you can simply enter the expression and then hear the exact pronunciation. Learn English actively using good dictionaries and you will see your improvement is getting faster and faster.

When you know English well enough to use defining dictionary, do it. You will widen your horizons and you can also find an interesting phrase you will remember. If you would like to learn English properly and do not need to use dictionaries, you should try English courses. For example the ones Empire language school offers. Thanks to modern Direct Method for English you will remember the words quickly, effectively and for long. And what online dictionary do you like or use?

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4 Comments

  1. mno, a jestli používáte google chrome browser, tak si můžete stáhnout na níže uvedené adrese zdarma a legálně slovník, který lze zintegrovat z chrome prohlížečem tak, že pokud jste online a doubleclick-nete na anglické slovo, zobrazí se vám okamžitě překlad (a výslovnost) – lze nastavit jako výkladový slovník (english-english) nebo překladový (english czech), pochopitelně, že to má své mouchy, mezi jiným to dvojklikem nezvládne frázová slovesa a pod. ale je to užitečné.
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-dictionary-by-goog/mgijmajocgfcbeboacabfgobmjgjcoja?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

  2. Další výborný slovník najdete na http://www.dict.com Obsahuje 30 jazyků v libovolné kombinaci, pro hlavní jazyky má i přehledy gramatiky, nejpoužívanější a konverzační fráze a popis užití slov. Přehledný, rozsáhlý a opravdu kvalitní. Vyzkoušejte!

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