A synonym is a word that has the same, or almost the same, meaning as another word.
Synonyms for “cold“: chilly, icy, frigid, and frosty.
They are good to learn because:
They improve your vocabulary
They make your speaking and writing more interesting (not always using the same words)
They make your speaking and writing more clear (closer to what you really want to say)
One good place to find synonyms is Thesaurus.com A ‘thesaurus’ is a synonym dictionary. Type in a word such as delicious, or enjoy, and they will show you several synonyms – with the most common synonyms listed first. You can also check the pronunciation and definition for each of these words. (It’s important to check the definition for words that you don’t know.)
There’s a popular thesaurus that’s part of the Dictionary.com App – available for free for IOS and Android. After you install the app, you can switch to the thesaurus to find synonyms. There’s also a special tab for English learners, with more explanation.
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…
Quick Draw is an app from Google – mostly for fun. You are told to draw a picture of something. (Look up the word in Google Images if you don’t know it.) See if Quick Draw can recognize your picture in less than 20 seconds!
The Little Prince is a very famous and popular book written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. You can read – and listen to – the book for free in one of three English levels. How many English words do you know?
Choose Level 1 if you know about 300 to 1000 English words