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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: Monolingual or bilingual dictionary?

    It's good. I also use OneLook.com, which searches hundreds of general and specialist online dictionaries at the same time.

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    Default Re: Monolingual or bilingual dictionary?

    I've been thinking over it and I have finally decided I will buy a monolingual paper dictionary. I would like to buy one of those which are generally used in English speaking contries. But there is another problem now. Will I find a dictionary which reports both British and American English expressions, uses an so on? If not, which should I buy? British English or American English?
    Thank you.

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    Smile Re: Monolingual or bilingual dictionary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    What would be better for an intermediate/advanced learner?
    All my professors prefer monolingual dictionaries, especially for intermediate/advanced learners, but for beginners, using both types side by side is good in my opinion .

    Second question about what dictionary to buy:

    You have two choices: The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English and the Oxford English Dictionary (not really sure whether this is the one for ESL but maybe anybody can help)

    Here's a link to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, I find it brilliant : LDOCE Online

    Yes, it reports AmE & BrE expressions, meanings, uses and provides examples. However, it might not report slangs or very common language, so I think you can rely on Dictionary.com

    Best of luck

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    Default Re: Monolingual or bilingual dictionary?

    I'm on the monolingual party, absolutely. And a good thesaurus as well- the Penguin pocket one is just tiptop. If you're into self-inflicted pain, you can first check a new word on the thesaurus,so that you can grasp the general meaning of the word through synonims, and then double-check it on the monolingual dictionary to make sure you got it right.
    That's what I do.

    I should seriously consider getting a life.

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    Default Re: Monolingual or bilingual dictionary?

    Personally, I prefer a monolingual dictionary. I've found that it's much easier to remember what words mean when I try to memorise a definition that's written in the same language. Might have to do with not having to switch between languages... Your brain can work slower and still remember things. I'm just guessing now, though.

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    Default Re: Monolingual or bilingual dictionary?

    For me, a monolingual dictionary is the first choice but a bilingual one will do fine when I am stuck for the equivalent in my mother tongue.

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    Default Re: Monolingual or bilingual dictionary?

    First and foremost I apologize for re-opening a thread no one has written on for such a long time.
    I'd like to know from teachers and learners something about the Collins COBUILD English Advanced Learner's Dictionary and at which level of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" it is.
    Is it fine for a B2/C1 level?
    Thank you in advance
    Last edited by Englishlanguage; 19-Aug-2007 at 20:31.

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    I have the Collins Cobuild and find it very good. I'm afraid I don't know what your letters mean though! Sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I have the Collins Cobuild and find it very good. I'm afraid I don't know what your letters mean though! Sorry

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    Take a look at this link and you'll find out what I was talking about. Anyway, I have just bought the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary because I had some trouble finding the Collins Cobuild. I hope I made a good purchase!

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    I have been presented with an oxford learner's dictionary in pocket edition (I have it in front of me right now) . I find it handy (pocket) and usefull...it is as if you are leaving your mother tongue for a while, whereas you are listening or reading in English, aren't you?
    Englishlanguage...I'm from Italy too...

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