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Linguee: bilingual dictionary and search engine

Linguee: bilingual dictionary and search engine | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Linguee is a unique translation tool combining an editorial dictionary and a search engine with which you can search hundreds of millions of bilingual texts for words and expressions.

The Linguee search results are divided into two sections. On the left hand side you see results from our reliable editorial dictionary. This provides you with a quick overview of various translations of your search term. On the right hand side, you see example sentences from other sources to give you an idea of how your search term has been translated in context.

Compared to traditional online dictionaries, Linguee contains about 1,000 times more translated texts, which are displayed in full sentences. Linguee shows translations for expressions such as "strong evidence", "strong relationship" or "strong opinion", and even for rare expressions or specific technical terms.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 14, 2014 10:57 AM

Just using this to translate an abstract from English to French - a great addition to a regular bilingual dictionary and thesaurus, and available from English to a good number of Romance and Slavic languages.

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Irregular verb game– Macmillan Dictionary

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Our interactive language games are intended to improve language skills and help English language learners.

 

Spin the wheel, get 5 versions of a given verb, and identify the infinitive, the 3rd P singular present, simple past, past participle, and present participle.

Shona Whyte's insight:

Nice idea, but I'd have put in some plausible wrong forms, rather than just matching grammatical label with correct form.  Finding the -ing form when there's only one is a bit of a no-brainer.

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senecalc's curator insight, April 12, 2013 3:47 PM

Have fun while practicing your irregular verbs.  Spin the wheel, then answer the question

Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, April 14, 2013 6:21 AM

Tried it, liked it, I suppose it would be fun for students studying English at a basic level, perhaps 6ème-5ème of collège (France).... 

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Compleat Lexical Tutor

Compleat Lexical Tutor | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
A complete website for learning and learning about English words. You can test your vocabulary level, then work on the words at the level where you are weak.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:57 AM

As recommended by vocabulary researcher Paul Nation.

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Some user-friendly concordance ideas

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Although corpora are now widely used in putting together ELT Dictionaries, and increasingly used in writing ELT materials, it is still rare, I think, for corpora, and especially for concordances to...
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Nice post on using corpora for ELT without being a corpus linguist or a tech whiz.

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Stanislav Okhvat's curator insight, April 13, 2013 12:09 AM

A nice introduction to corpora and concordance tools and how they are useful in teaching languages and, by extension, translation.

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Red word game – Macmillan Dictionary

Red word game – Macmillan Dictionary | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Our interactive language games are intended to improve language skills and help English language learners.

 

Choose from three levels of frequency (3 stars = very common) for each word you are shown to test your intuition about how common the word is.  

Shona Whyte's insight:

A few months ago I would have said this wasn't particularly useful for language learners (no audio, no context, just words flashing up on the screen) but my undergraduate EFL students like this kind of exercise - immediate feedback, countdown, final score - and at intermediate levels they should know most of the words, so there is some activation of vocabulary knowledge.

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Voyant Tools: Reveal Your Texts

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This is a very interesting tool for analysing text and word frequency in text. It enables you to create your own mini corpus and see how words are used in context.


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Randy Rebman's curator insight, December 15, 2012 7:54 PM

This tool allows you to easily export the concordance lines into a text file. Provided the text was either online or in a text file, it also makes identifying vocabulary words in texts easier. As a corpus tool on the web, I find the option of being able to upload multiple texts into the corpus one of the benefits of the site. But this tool is still in Beta mode, so there may still be some kinks with it that need worked out.

Bill.Rutter's curator insight, March 26, 2013 12:21 PM

text analysis - IELTS?

Lina Morgado's curator insight, April 25, 2013 3:33 AM

For research