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    Smile Re: How to find a certain word for a definition

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
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    That's not English, that's some kind of new English-based language used mostly by teenagers.

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    Thanks for your response. So what you mean is that there's just no way other than asking. I just thought maybe there is some sort of dictionary or something else which has classified the words and has given some sort of a key......
    How in the world will such dictionary know what you want to say?

    Easier, simpler, and more instructive, to ask somebody is always a good way of learning new vocabulary.
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    Think of what the word is in your native language. Then look it up in a dictionary for the English translation. If you don't like the particular translation, look the English word up in a comprehensive English dictionary, that will probably give you several synonyms. That's how I do it for my French translations.

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    Think of what the word is in your native language. Then look it up in a dictionary for the English translation.
    I believe that will deeply hurt your learning process. Use English only and you won't believe the results.

    If I think of a word in my language, I will eventually get used to such method and it will certainly let me down when I have to speak to somebody.

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    Default Re: How to find a certain word for a definition

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    That's not English, that's some kind of new English-based language used mostly by teenagers.


    Yes, Not itself an English word. Perhaps mostly used in the chatrooms.I'm seeing this being used often in another forum I frequent(native speakers and not a teenager forum) and when I looked it up in the dictionary I found out that it's somehow the abbrevation for that word.


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    How in the world will such dictionary know what you want to say?

    I did not mean for a dictionary to know what I want to say, what I meant was that maybe there would be a dictionary which has seprated the similar words or some words related to a certain meaning or a certain TOPIC so it makes it easier for you to perhaps find the word you want.









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    Yes, sure that is the best way, I just thought maybe there's a specific refrence or book.

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    Default Re: How to find a certain word for a definition

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Think of what the word is in your native language. Then look it up in a dictionary for the English translation. If you don't like the particular translation, look the English word up in a comprehensive English dictionary, that will probably give you several synonyms. That's how I do it for my French translations.

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    Thanks. Sometimes I have done the same. I looked it up in my langauge dictionary and then for the other synonyms in English in an English-English dictionary, and sometimes it works but the other times either the word does not even exist in my langauge or it gives me the wrong words.

    and do you mean the ordinary English dictionaries by comprehensive dictionary?

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    I'm surprised nobody has suggested using a thesaurus.

    Works for me every time.

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    Default Re: How to find a certain word for a definition

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Thanks. Sometimes I have done the same. I looked it up in my langauge dictionary and then for the other synonyms in English in an English-English dictionary, and sometimes it works but the other times either the word does not even exist in my langauge or it gives me the wrong words.

    and do you mean the ordinary English dictionaries by comprehensive dictionary?

    Yes, I mean a good English dictionary.

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