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Why does my teacher keep asking me to have a good and reliable dictionary? Do I really need it? September 23, 2012

Posted by smhcharles in Uncategorized.
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English is not our first language. English is not even considered a second language in Indonesia. It’s a foreign language. One of the stumbling stones that makes it so difficult to learn academic English is the the short of vocabulary.

Having a large vocabulary can help you communicate clearly and effectively.There is no better way to improve your vocabulary than to read books. Read a variety of books, and when you find any unfamiliar words, look them up in a dictionary. In other words, a dictionary is a very important tool for anyone who is learning a new language. With a reliable dictionary you can do the followings:

  • look up the meaning of an English word you see or hear
  • 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 how to say a word
  • find out about the register of a word
  • find examples of the use of a word in natural language
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