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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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Language Games – Macmillan Dictionary

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

 

Choose the best of four prepositions to make the correct phrasal verb.

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This is probably the best of the four games I have just posted - there is a full sentence to give context, and learners choose the correct particle to complete the sentence.  

 

The game factors should help maintain motivation, so the only question that remains is retention - can/will learners remember any corrections?  Or is the reinforcement provided for the expressions they already know enough?

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Irregular verb game– Macmillan Dictionary

Irregular verb game– Macmillan Dictionary | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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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JustTheWord

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Just The Word collocations - helps you in writing English. Type a word and get collocations and associated expressions.


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Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words

Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Vanessa Vaile:

"Need pronunciation help? This free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation might be just the app for you.  Type a word into search blank. When your entry appears in pink, mouse over to hear it pronounced. Create lists of up to 15 entries like this: cat; cart; cut; caught etc. There are currently 158,480 entries in the dictionary."

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Larousse dictionaries

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Les dictionnaires Larousse accessibles gratuitement : monolingue et bilingues (français, anglais, allemand, espagnol, italien, arabe et chinois), dictionnaires des synonymes, des homonymes, des citations.

 

These dictionaries are free to access and great quality: you have audio plus some contextualisation, and you can consult monolingual or bilingual versions for quite a range of European languages.


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English Vocabulary - LanguageGuide.org

English Vocabulary - LanguageGuide.org | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Practice English vocabulary, the alphabet, and numbers. Place your cursor over an image to hear it pronounced aloud."

 

This is a good audio-picture dictionary for English (and other languages).  There are also grammar overviews and a test mode where you can quiz yourself.

 

This type of site is never going to replace rich input and interaction, but you can use it for revision or to help learn vocabulary.

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A video pronunciation dictionary with usage examples

A video pronunciation dictionary with usage examples | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"How to pronounce words (and use them)

A video-based pronunciation dictionary with usage examples.

 

Most dictionaries provide audio pronunciations of words to help learners. It's rare, however, to find videos that are tagged and time-stamped for learning pronunciations, allowing learners to jump to times when a given word is used by a speaker. We see tagged videos not only helping in learning how to pronounce a word, but they could also be effective in illustrating word usage and certain cultural concepts."

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Clilstore videos : Teaching units for content and language integrated learning

Clilstore videos : Teaching units for content and language integrated learning | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
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A search for English videos brings up 288 video and audio files, graded by CER proficiency level, which you can browse by title.

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Stella Maris Berdaxagar's curator insight, January 21, 8:33 AM

This is a powerful tool for  Foreign Language Classes. It can be used for CLIL  related and Flipped classes. 

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Phrasal verb games – Macmillan Dictionary

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

 

Choose a phrasal verb synonym or antonym from three options for each (non-phrasal) verb.

Shona Whyte's insight:

This is a decent game.  No context, so you have to juggle possible interpretations quickly, and the synonym/antonym variation keeps you on your toes.  

 

Intermediate learners and above given the lack of context - if you don't know, you can't really figure it out.

 

Immediate feedback on your answer, a time constraint, and a total score at the end, which you can share on Twitter or Facebook.

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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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ProfessorWord: Improve your vocabulary while you surf the web

ProfessorWord: Improve your vocabulary while you surf the web | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Professor Word is a useful browser plugin to help you develop your vocabulary. It enables you to click on words in a text on any webpage and get a definition. It also shows related words. Good tool for vocabulary building.

 


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Maria Pia Montoro's comment, October 15, 2012 6:09 AM
contact the developers!
Maria Valdes's comment, October 15, 2012 7:11 AM
It does work with Mac, I've just checked. It might be a problem of the browser, not the app.
Maria Pia Montoro's comment, October 15, 2012 7:21 AM
it works fine for me as well!
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OneLook Reverse Dictionary

OneLook Reverse Dictionary | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey:

The OneLook reverse dictionary is a great tool to get students thinking about how they explain what words mean. Unlike most dictionaries which gives you the meaning of a word, this one will give you the word as long as you can give the correct maning. This is a great skill to develop as a language learner.


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Google Translate Adds Example Sentences To Put Words Into Context | TechCrunch

Google Translate Adds Example Sentences To Put Words Into Context | TechCrunch | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
"Sample sentences have long been a standard feature in many  online and offline dictionaries. Starting today, Google Translate will also feature sentences that put translated words into context."

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This short review outlines Google translates new functionality, warning that the sample sentence is drawn from recent uses and does not necessarily exemplify the relevant meaning.
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Linguee

Linguee | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Great dictionary for language learners: see your word or expression in a number of different sentences, translated into French, German, Spanish or Portuguese.

Often the problem for learners is not so much finding a translation as deciding which is most appropriate. Linguee should help with this.
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Forvo: the pronunciation guide. All the words in the world pronounced by native speakers

Forvo: the pronunciation guide. All the words in the world pronounced by native speakers | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Forvo: the largest word pronunciation dictionary in the world, now with translations.
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