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  • 1. Dictionary use A short guide to understand the use of the dictionary for understanding words in a reading.
  • 2. A good dictionary can help you….
    • look up the meaning of an English word you see
    • find the English translation of a word in your language
    • check the spelling of a word
    • check the plural of a noun or past tense of a verb
    • find out other grammatical information about a word
    • find the synonym or antonym of a word
    • look up the collocations of a word
    • check the part of speech of a word
    • find out the pronunciation of a word
    • find examples of the use of a word in natural language
    • http://esl.fis.edu/learners/advice/dic.htm
  • 3. A good dictionary can help you….
    • look up the meaning of an English word you see
    • find the English translation
    • the spelling of a word
    • Example :
    • home 1
      • ( dwelling ) casa 
      • ( family environment ) hogar 
    • home 2
    •   - hábitat 
  • 4. A good dictionary can help you….
    • check the plural of a noun or past tense of a verb
    • Example :
    • Feet    sustantivo   pl of   foot
    • Slept past tense for the verb: " to sleep " Simple Past: slept
    • Past Participle: slept
  • 5. A good dictionary can help you….
    • grammatical information
    • the part of speech
    • Example:
    • Care 1     sustantivo - uncountable   
    • cuidado  m , atención  f ;
    • care 2   verbo intransitivo  
    • preocuparse
  • 6. A good dictionary can help you….
    • the synonym or antonym
    • Example:
    • Synonyms:  beautiful, lovely, pretty, handsome, comely, fair
    • Antonyms: ugly, disgusting, terrible
  • 7. A good dictionary can help you….
    • Collocations
    • Example:
    • Easy 1 ( not difficult ) fácil;
    •   ♦  Collocations: 
    • it's as easy as pie,  más fácil no puede ser       easier said than done,  obras son amores y no buenas razones  o  hablar no cuesta nada
  • 8. A good dictionary can help you….
    • pronunciation of a word
    • Example:
    • help 1  /help/
    •   Listen:   US  - UK
  • 9. A good dictionary can help you….
    • examples of the use of a word
    • Examples :
    • Forum discussions with the word(s) "mean" in the title: a mean person an effective mean / an effective means of And I do mean/And I mean... and I don’t mean maybe and I mean that in the best way possible as a mean babyboy you mean the world to me By mean [by means of] by some mean