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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: How to use a Monolingual Dictionary? (Subtiltles in ENGLISH/ Português/ Subtítulos en español)

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Do you like using translator in order to get to know the meaning or the pronunciation of the words?

How often do you use a monolingual dictionary in order to improve your learning?

Do you know how to use an English- English dictionary?

What are the benefits of using a dictionary such as this one:

100% in English

Today I will teach you how to use a monolingual dictionary

in order to improve your learning and

your knowledge on prepositions, phrasal verbs, idioms and etc.

Hi! My name is Jessica

and I will be posting a lot of videos about how to improve your English.

Although Im not a native speaker,

I can prove to you that you can speak pretty well

you can be understood by everybody

if you make efforts, if you learn, if you dont give up all right?

So, please, subscribe to my channel and lets have this interchange

of learning and improving and growing together.

and the first tip for today is: How to get the most out of a good monolingual dictionary

By the way, Have you ever seen an English-English dictionary?

a monolingual dictionary?

This one is the Macmillan English Dictionary for advanced learners

I think its bigger than a Bible

you might be thinking now:

No way! Im not gonna use that at all

Never mind!

This one is my dear dictionary I use it a lot

However, you can find online dictionaries and you can use them

You have the Macmillan one, ok Its free

You will also find the Oxford dictionary for free as well

and Im gonna give you some tips on

How to use this dictionary and enrich your learning.

Well, one of the benefits that I think is

when you use a translator

you have the meaning of the word in your first language In your Language 1

But you dont learn anything else

However, when you use a monolingual dictionary

you learn:

How to use a word, the pronunciation,

you correct yourself the use of prepositions

if it is gerund or not

of infinitive if it is a noun an adjective

the phrasal verbs the expressions

so you can benefit a lot you can enrich a lot

your English

when you use a monolingual dictionary you can get

the most out of learning

Now I want know a little bit of

the difference of using a dictionary and a translator

I will type on Google the wordfocoin Portuguese

it will be translated into English

The translation will befocus

I really like Google

Im not telling you that you shouldnt use

the Google Translator

I just wanna show you the difference when learning a word

If you have a monolingual dictionary or

an online one, for instance

I will type the work focus and

I will see the frequency the work is used by

a native person

I can see on the top that there are 3 stars for the work focus

It means that a native person uses it a lot I will have the indication that its a verb

intransitive and transitive

I can listen to the pronunciation and see the phonetic symbols as well

I can see the definition in English the prepositions

here I see that

For example:

here I see that

focus means to concentrate

and I can see that I can use focus on

or focus upon

focus attention on something focus your mind on something and so on

in blue we have all the examples so you can know how to use the word appropriately

and at the end of the picture I took for you

we can see some synonyms such as concentrate, focus, listen

so we could see in this example that by using a monolingual dictionary

I can learn the frequency the pronunciation

the prepositions how to use it by checking the examples in blue

the synonyms

so Its something very interesting thats why I like encouraging everybody

to use Oxford or Macmillan or any other dictionary that you have

This advice applies not only for those who are learning English

but to those who are learning Portuguese too

Write on the comments if those suggestions have worked for you

the way they work for me

Subscribe to my channel because

I intend to post more videos about learning English

about how to improve it about how to enrich your English

And you will see that even though youre not a native

you can be understood you can be fluent

and you can make success by speaking and expressing yourself pretty well

Thank you very much! See you then!

(Subtitles transcription: Jéssica Sanches)

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