International scientific e-journal

ΛΌГOΣ. ONLINE

9 (May, 2020)

e-ISSN: 2663-4139
КВ №20521-13361Р

PHILOLOGY

UDC 811.111:004.4

DOI 10.36074/2663-4139.09.06

ENGLISH DICTIONARY APPS: THE FEATURES AND BENEFITS

YURKO N.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7077-2442

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Languages

Lviv State University of Physical Culture named after Ivan Boberskyi

 

STYFANYSHYN I.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5295-8964

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Languages

Lviv State University of Physical Culture named after Ivan Boberskyi

 

PROTSENKO U.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8180-6433

PhD (Pedagogy), Associate Professor at the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Languages

Lviv State University of Physical Culture named after Ivan Boberskyi

 

ROMANCHUK O.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8215-9741

PhD (Philology), Associate Professor at the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Languages

Lviv State University of Physical Culture named after Ivan Boberskyi

 

UKRAINE


Abstract. Vast English vocabulary is a key to natural conversation and effective multinational interaction. A wide variety of modern tools are designed to develop our communication skills, with dictionary applications being among the most helpful and universal means of expanding the English vocabulary. Considering the current need for a fast access to the meaning of unknown foreign words, the research is examines the main features and benefits of English dictionary apps. Being an invaluable learning tool, proper use of dictionary apps can make a unique contribution to the communication skills of English language learners.

Keywords: application; English dictionary; vocabulary resource; modes and options; free access.

Problem statement. Foreign language proficiency is one of the major means for effective communication, being particularly true for English, as the commonly accepted language of international interaction. Having a wide vocabulary is key to having easy and natural English conversations. Notwithstanding good pronunciation and grammar skills, a person would be very limited in communication without a vast vocabulary. Memorizing vocabulary lists may seem like the most common way to learn vocabulary, it is not the only way yet.

Nowadays there lots of modern tools designed to develop our communication skills, ranging from podcasts for kids to professional English learning apps. Dictionary applications prove to be among the most helpful and universal means for English language learners of all levels to quickly and easily access the world-leading content tailored to their needs. Whether you want to look up the meaning of a word, translate a word into another language, find a synonym, antonym, or guidance on pronunciation, these apps can help you find the answer [1].

Analysis of research and publications. The previous research overview provides clear evidence of great attention being paid to various issues of language learning [2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12], as well as different aspects of foreign language vocabulary and terminology [13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25]. However, there has been little discussion on advanced tools of growing the English vocabulary, specifically by the means of dictionary applications.

Purpose of the article. Due to the importance of expanding a foreign language vocabulary for effective international communication, and the current need for a fast access to the meaning of unknown English words, the research is aimed at examining the main features and benefits of such modernised vocabulary reference sources as English dictionary apps.

Main material. Besides being convenient for looking up words, dictionary apps can be a great way to add to your vocabulary. Many have features such as a word of the day to help expand your vocabulary. Some of them even have special features that help you learn. Language learners can find them useful in defining words they do not know. Additionally, they can be valuable tools in other cases as well and you can keep one on your phone at all times. Due to the methods of monitoring and comparative analysis of internet resources [1; 26; 27; 28; 29], the main peculiarities and advantages of the most popular English dictionary apps appear to be as follows.

Oxford Dictionary of English. Oxford Dictionary of English is the mobile version of the Oxford University Press' Oxford English Dictionary, widely accepted as one of the highest authorities in the study of English. The app features advanced search and language tools designed by a developer vastly experienced in the creation of dictionaries and learning tools. Tailored to professionals, students, and academics, as well as anyone who needs a comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of current English at work or at home. It offers the most comprehensive coverage of English from around the world in any one volume dictionary. It is completely revised and updated to include the very latest vocabulary, with over 350,000 words, phrases, and meanings.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Merriam Webster dictionary app is one of the most reputed dictionaries all over the world. This app includes features such as voice search, audio pronunciation, example sentence of the word, word of the day and an integrated thesaurus including synonyms and antonyms. This multifaceted dictionary app packs all the features required for a wide range of educational purposes, with self-education not being an exception. Merriam-Webster is a well-known dictionary, and has high-quality definitions – all available offline. It lets you save favourites, has a word of the day and keeps track of recent searches you did.

Oxford Dictionary with Translator. All-in-one translation tool with top 14 Oxford dictionaries and translator modes. Main features: audio search for voice inputs; copy/paste words or paragraphs from other apps; advanced dictionary search with autocomplete, and filters to find words even if they are misspelled; offline mode – lookup words and paragraphs offline. Enjoy 14 languages and over 4.5 million words and definitions from the world`s most trusted dictionary publisher Oxford University Press. The Translator mode for quick help on the go will make you feel confident in solving any languages related communication challenges.

Collins English Dictionary. Collins English dictionary app includes an unrivalled and constantly updated 2.5 billion word database of today’s English, turning it into an authoritative and up-to-the-minute reference source. Key features: straightforward and precise definitions of over 500,000 words, references and examples; cultural notes on life and language and 6,000 biographical entries; thousands of etymologies trace the roots of modern English; key expressions, example sentences and usage notes with typical constructions and collocations; quick and easy navigation contribute towards unique user experience. Collins English Dictionary is a rich source of reference, recommended for students, general business users, and language lovers.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English- 6th Ed. The 6th edition of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English is the complete online vocabulary and grammar resource for students and teachers. Application features: full content of the print dictionary plus additional collocations, synonyms, and word origins; predictive text in search helps you with spelling as you look for words; search for idioms and phrasal verbs; support for search from within other compatible apps on your device; copy words and text to clipboard; word-of-the-day notifications. The ultimate learner’s resource of the English language for use anywhere, anytime.

English Dictionary – Offline. This English dictionary app is not as modern-looking as the rest, but it is a very useful tool for Android users. Of course, it has definitions – and as the name suggests, they are all available offline. But there are a few other options that make this a great app for an English learner. You can create flashcards in this dictionary, and study them whenever you need to. You can look through a list of grammar lessons and listen to sample sentences. You can tests your knowledge of vocabulary. This app has American and British spellings.

Dictionary Pro. The dictionary is one of the best free dictionary app that features a black-and-white page full of content, from a word of the day to horoscopes, daily quotes, and lots of word games. The app pulls dictionary and encyclopaedic content – including legal, medical, financial – from numerous respected sources, and provides citations for each search. It is a multifaceted, all-in-one dictionary app perfect for students, translators, and writers. This app is commonly known as the world’s most comprehensive dictionary with or without Internet, and with no advertisements. The app can serve as dictionary, thesaurus, translation tool and encyclopaedia.

Urban Dictionary. The Urban Dictionary app is a crowdsourced slang dictionary that records new words and their meanings. Part of Urban Dictionary’s app is its informal approach, which allows both definitions and descriptions of slang and non-slang words. Main features: perform unlimited searches for free; look up both slang and non-slang words; see the full text of any definition; see today’s urban word of the day; see autocomplete suggestions when you search; click on links to other definitions. This app is perfect for more advanced English learners who want to understand English-language humour and culture.

Vocabulary.com. The Vocabulary.com dictionary app is excellent for English learners because it has very easy-to-understand definitions. Each definition has explanations of what the word means and also when and how you would use it. Vocabulary.com is not just a dictionary – it is also a vocabulary building app. The app can be customized, made to fit, for the way you learn. It gives you questions for vocabulary words based on how you and millions of other users answered past questions. It even turns learning into a game by letting you earn points.

Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com is the leading free English dictionary app for Android. This app is easy to use. If you are looking for a regular dictionary app that still looks nice, Dictionary.com has one for you. It works offline, and lets you save words if you are making a vocabulary list. The Dictionary.com app has a word of the day. It also comes with very interesting blogs about words, and where they come from, that are written in an easy-to-understand way. There is a lot to learn from this app. Find definition, learn spelling, study grammar, and practice pronunciation – all within one app designed for English learners.

WordWeb. WordWeb Dictionary is one of the more popular free dictionary apps for Android. It features 285000 words, 225000 word sense definitions, and more. There is also a built-in thesaurus, pronunciations, and more. Perhaps its most unique feature is the ability to find commonly misunderstood words or know the difference between words that sound similar. It is also usable offline, is completely free, and has no in-app purchases or advertising. It is relatively simple and does not have common features like audio pronunciations. Otherwise, it is a solid app.

Conclusions. Improving our English usage is a great goal to have. Besides spelling and understanding new words, a dictionary can help users expand their English and improve their grammar. Dictionaries are an invaluable learning tool, the first introduction to resource material, it can help us learn new words and expand the vocabulary. We are using it every day, whether in informal conversation, formal business dialogue, work presentations or written speech. Using technology to fast track our development makes sense. Making good use of dictionary apps helps us enjoy the benefits of improved English communication skills.


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АНГЛІЙСЬКІ СЛОВНИКИ У МОБІЛЬНИХ ДОДАТКАХ: ОСОБЛИВОСТІ ТА ПЕРЕВАГИ

ЮРКО Н. А.,
старший викладач кафедри української та іноземних мов
Львівський державний університет фізичної культури імені Івана Боберського
УКРАЇНА

СТИФАНИШИН І. М.,
старший викладач кафедри української та іноземних мов
Львівський державний університет фізичної культури імені Івана Боберського
УКРАЇНА

ПРОЦЕНКО У. М.,
канд. пед. наук, доцент кафедри української та іноземних мов
Львівський державний університет фізичної культури імені Івана Боберського
УКРАЇНА

РОМАНЧУК О. В.,
канд. філол. наук, доцент кафедри української та іноземних мов
Львівський державний університет фізичної культури імені Івана Боберського
УКРАЇНА

Анотація.
Значний словниковий запас іноземної, зокрема англійської, мови є запорукою ефективної міжнародної комунікації. Велика кількість сучасних мовних засобів призначена для розвитку навичок іншомовного спілкування, серед яких додатки з використанням словника є одними із найбільш корисних та універсальних способів розширення лексичного запасу англійської мови. Зважаючи на сучасну потребу у швидкому доступі до тлумачення невідомих іноземних слів, у статті розглянуто головні особливості та переваги додатків із використанням словників англійської мови. Будучи цінним засобом навчання, правильне використання словникових додатків може зробити унікальний внесок у розвиток іншомовних комунікативних навиків для тих, хто вивчає англійську мову.


Ключові слова: мобільний додаток; англійський словник; лексичний ресурс; режими та параметри; вільний доступ.

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PUBLISHED : 27.05.2020