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Your dictionary is one of the most important books you will ever own even if you are not learning English there is soooooooooooo much inside it’s mind blowing. So let me show you how:
This is an obvious one. If you don’t know what it means, it will explain it clearly.
It will help you with pronunciation, but be warned you will need to use their special phonetic code to understand the pronunciation. But that can be fun too!
- How to use the word in a sentence
We may know the meaning but really can we use it in a sentence, this will help you when speaking and writing the word.
- Prefixes and suffixes used
The word often doesn’t stand alone, sometimes it can have a prefix and/or suffix e.g. appear = disappear/disappearance. The dictionary will show you all three, which are the prefixes and suffixes and also how to you use them a sentence.
Okay this is a no-brainer, but honestly I have rated it 6th for the simple reason that most people don’t use the dictionary for spelling, usually it is for meaning. The reason being that if you don’t know how to spell the word how can you find it in the dictionary! But it will help you if you have the first few letters right.
- Parts of speech indicator
A part of speech is – noun, verb, adverb, adjective….etc. The dictionary will let you know which it is, this will help you when you are using the word in your writing or speaking.
- Word origin
Often a word has an interesting history, e.g. restaurant, sounds like a typical English word right? Wrong it is in fact a French word….(just for your information)
- Multiple meanings
So many words have more than one meaning. This feature of the dictionary will really help you to know when to use it in different ways…very helpful.
This is when you split the word up into chunks, e.g. in-for-ma-tion, this helps you also with your pronunciation
Some dictionaries offer a picture of the word too….very helpful.
Can you think of anymore?
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