Oxford Language Dictionaries was always a useful resource. It was able to translate words from a variety of different languages into another variety of different languages. Recently this resource has been combined with other Oxford University Press online dictionaries to form Oxford Dictionaries online. You can now access the following all in one place:
- Translating, grammar and pronunciation tools for English, German, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian.
- The ability to search for phrases/proverbs – and translate your phrases so you can find their foreign language equivalents (or vice versa)
- Find rhyming words – great if you want to write a poem or tell a silly joke!
Many of the old favourites have remained in the new format including being able to listen to words pronounced correctly. Perhaps the best advantage of the new system is the ability to use it on your smartphone.
Anyway, don’t take my word for it. Have a go yourself: www.oxforddictionaries.com
A couple of notes before getting started:
- If you’re used to the old version, the new format may take some getting used to. Don’t give up. It really is very good!
- TIP! When on your phone, choose the three lines in your top-right corner to show a menu with all the languages you can access. On a computer you will have more options but this position for the language menu is still important.
- When logging in from your phone you may need to scroll down quite a way to find the library card number box (no need for a username and password, just the card number).
- TIP! Clicking on the logo will take you back to the main home page if you’re feeling a bit lost!