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
- 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
- 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?