Close friends : online dictionaries and BBC podcasts


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WordReference is an online dictionary which I consult very often. If I had to choose a couple of tools for learning English on the internet I would pick out a good online dictionary such as WordReference, Farlex or Onelook dictionary and any link to the BBC podcasting site.

Let´s see how much I like WordReference by an example. I was not quite sure about the feminine meaning of the adjective “gorgeous” so I typed the word in the box of the online dictionary and got this:

English definition | conjugator | English synonyms | in context | images

Concise Oxford Spanish Dictionary © 2009 Oxford University Press:

gorgeous / ˈɡɔːrdʒəs / || / ˈɡɔːdʒəs/ adjetivo

  1. (lovely) (colloq) ‹girl› precioso, guapísimo;
    dress› precioso, divino;
    day› maravilloso, espléndido
  2. (splendid) ‹color› magnífico

Diccionario Espasa Concise © 2000 Espasa Calpe:

gorgeous [‘gɔ:dʒəs] adj (día) magnífico,-a, estupendo,-a: we had a gorgeous view from our hotel, teníamos una vista preciosa desde el hotel
(persona) precioso,-a, guapísimo,-a: he’s in love with a gorgeous woman he met in Rome, está enamorado de una chica fabulosa que conoció en Roma
gorgeous‘ also found in these Oxford entries:

English:

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Spanish:

WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2012:

Principal Translations
gorgeous adj (beautiful: person) precioso adj
She is such a gorgeous girl.
Ella es una chica preciosa.
gorgeous adj (beautiful: thing, day) precioso adj
It is such a gorgeous day.
Es un día precioso.

Regular listening to BBC podcasts provides the listener with understanding, intonation and keeping up-to-date with English life and culture.

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