Why use a dictionary?
Most students complain when they are asked to use a dictionary. They consider it to be a waste of time since they can simply ask a teacher / classmate or even ignore the word and hope it goes away (trust me-that doesn't work!). Apart fom the obvious (finding a definition), a dictionary has numerous uses . Information such as pronunciation , function , part of speech can be found.
Example: take verb (REMOVE)
/teɪk/ (took, taken) (pronunciation , past forms)
Kinds of Dictionaries
EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students will find these kinds of dictionaries useful:
- Advanced Learner's
- Phrasal Verbs
- American / British English
- Thesaurus (a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms)
There are also bilingual dictionaries e.g. English - Greek