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Longman dictionary in Firefox

As you all may know, Firefox has a search box on its tool bar which is generally set to Google. However, there are many search providers. If you click on the arrow next to the Google icon you can add to that list by clicking on Manage Search Engines (administrar botones de busqueda) at the bottom of the list. This will lead you to a dialogue box and there you have to click on Get More Search Engines (obtener más motores de búsqueda). You will be taken to the Firefox add-ons website. Look for the add-on for the Longman dictionary. Click on Add to Firefox and that’s it.  You will be able to search the Longman Dictionary via your toolbar.

Hope you find it useful!

Online Visual Dictionary

I have just come back from my holidays and surfing the net I stumble upon this wonderful new online dictionary. It is full of wonderful and very telling pictures.  Apart from that, the pictures are labelled with terminology in up to 6 languages. It is very useful for those moments in which we cannot match the words with images or the other way about.

If you are more interested in collocations than in images, I have also something for you: The Oxford Collocations Dictionary is online. It is worth giving it a look.

Hope you find it useful. Have to go and unpack. See you later!

Here’s a quick way of learning new vocabulary!

This is not really a totally original post, because I’ve heard about this wonderful tool from Silal but I thought it was worth sharing it with all of you. Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary is a great tool for teachers, students, writers and, in fact, for everybody. You can look up a word, and apart from getting a definition as in ordinary dictionaries, a word map will start being created with associations with other words and concepts. Here you can see an example:

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In the webpage you can enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections. A great and useful tool. How can we use it in our classes? Leave us a comment.