There are some good, regular dictionaries for English language learners – including the Learner’s Dictionary, which explains 100,000 words and phrases in simple language, with sentence examples, and pronunciation.
However, there are many times when some pictures will help you understand a word better, and more quickly. Perhaps the easiest way to see a word in pictures is with Google Images. Here are some examples of words that are easier to understand with a picture, or a set of pictures…
In addition to giving you information on formal classes and conversation groups in MetroWest, and suggestions for places to go, there have been 100 articles posted on this blog – Learning English in MetroWest. Each posting is intended to be a little lesson – about a way to help you improve your English.You can go back to review them in many ways including:
Google Translate is the most popular way to translate between two languages. But most people don’t use their “phrasebook” – a place to save words, phrases, and sentences that you want to use or practice another time.
In Google Translate, translate a phrase or sentence as usual
Then, to save it, press the star to add this to your phrasebook.
Once the phrase is saved in your phrasebook, you can go there any time by pressing the star at the bottom of your screen
You can practice this phrase and listen to the pronunciation as many times as you like
But if you are comfortable with most of those, and you enjoy learning new words, take a look at the website called Words in a Sentence. They have explanations of thousands of more advanced words. For each word there are many example sentences, and for some there are videos.
Playing word games will help increase your vocabulary. 7 Little Words is a very popular free word game app for iPhone/iPad and Android, but it’s a little too difficult for most people learning English. However, there is a kid’s version – with easier vocabulary – that is fun and challenging to play. Here’s an example: The hint for word #5 is “time off from school”, and the word is VACATION.
You can also use Pinterest to help you learn English. Just search Pinterest for what you would like to study. Include “ESL” in your search for results that are better for people learning English as a second language. For example: