Cambridge Dictionary online: Pros and Cons

Cambridge Dictionary online: Pros and Cons


Hi there, Vladimir here with another
video about how to learn English When it comes to learning a foreign,
language I strongly believe that Monolingual learner’s dictionaries
are our most important study tool. I highly doubt you can master
a foreign language as an adult without monolingual
learner’s dictionaries and even if you could, it would take
double the time, triple the time. Luckily for us,
English language learners English has the best monolingual
learner’s dictionaries in the world all free, on the internet In this video I will walk you through
some of the main features of Cambridge Dictionary www.dictionary.cambridge.org
Cambridge dictionary English Dictionary, Translations
Thesaurus a great dictionary Here are some of its main features Say you are reading an article and
you come across a new word the word: Success Let us type it in Right here at the top we can see
4 different tabs English, which means British English,
because Cambridge dictionary is by the University of Cambridge, England Next is American, American English Business English Examples, a relatively new tab Let us start with English, British English Word class: noun Followed by its British pronunciation as well as phonetic alphabet and American pronunciation You don’t need a teacher to learn
how to pronounce a certain word it is all here, free of charge A very useful feature Then you have this B1 which
shows you how frequent the word is B1 is by the Common European
Framework of Reference for Languages A1 and A2 are the most frequent words B1 and B2 are less frequent C1 and C2 are less frequent still I talk a lot about word frequently in
my book Virtually Native I think the word Success is more frequent,
it is not B1, it is more like A2 For example Unsuccessful is B2
Upper-intermediate level Successor is C1
Advanced level Successive is C2
Proficiency level Sun is A1
Beginner level Sunny is A2
Elementary level I think that Success is more frequent,
it is not B1, it is more like A2 After the level indicator we have this U or C which shows whether the noun is
[U] Uncountable or [C] Countable This is something you shouldn’t
concern yourself with too much Then you have the definition of Success the achieving of the results wanted
or hoped for Not the easiest of definitions I admit Let us look at the American definition
which is often times a little simpler Success=the achieving of
desired results If you still don’t understand, don’t rush
referring to a bilingual dictionary. Cambridge dictionary gives you
one more option Cambridge learner’s dictionary which is suitable for
beginner level learners of English A2 level learners, even A1. Cambridge learner’s dictionary gives
you the simplest possible definition Success=Achievement=Good result the achievement of what you want to achieve I strongly recommend
Cambridge learner’s dictionary for beginner level students of English if you still don’t understand the
meaning of the new word Success in our case At this point you could refer to a
bilingual dictionary which Cambridge conveniently provides
over 17 bilingual dictionaries ycpex せいこう Next thing Cambridge dictionary provides
is an example sentence an extremely important feature Her success is due to hard work. Plain and simple Here you can also see
an antonym of Success Antonym is a word opposite in
meaning to another Opposite of Success is Failure And one last thing here
is what we call Collocations Collocation is a word or phrase that is
often used with another word or phrase I talk a lot about collocations in
my book Virtually Native Here a collocation of Success is
Have success Cambridge conveniently highlights
word collocations in bold Have much success Success rate Without success And common prepositions:
Success IN something Here is your grammar Never ever learn individual words,
always in combination with other words Collocations It is how you learn grammar Here you have more examples And some more examples here,
still in BETA mainly from Wikipedia and … And then you have synonyms, thesaurus a synonym is a word or phrase that
means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase A synonym of Success=
Accomplishment=Achievement And then you have idioms with success Be a recipe for success
Be a victim of your own success Cambridge dictionary, it is safe to say
my favorite learners dictionary, all Pros
no Cons and believe it or not, this is just half of it There is so much more about
how to use monolingual dictionaries, how to cross reference them,
how to study grammar and collocations how to study example sentences I talk a lot about monolingual learner’s
dictionaries in my book Virtually Native and I give you step-by-step instructions
on how to use them My book is available on Amazon
and virtuallynative.com

10 Replies to “Cambridge Dictionary online: Pros and Cons

  1. I like your book, your video and your method. But I think, I need more time to implement it. Thank you Vlad. I have already unsubscribed typically english video channel with “5 words about..” or “tips to…”

  2. At the beginning it was difficult for me to use monolingual dictionaries. Despite my relatively big vocabulary. But I tried to do my best, and now, after 3 months of using monolingual dictionaries, I don't understand why people try to avoid them. If your level higher than elementary – you should avoid bilingual dictionary, not monolingual.
    And, definitely, Cambridge dictionary – is my favourite, although I started with Longman dictionary.
    Thank you, Vladimir, for sharing your great idea about monolingual dictionaries.

  3. Hello dear. You're the one of the best Teacher! I have been using this Dictionary for a few years, but had never understood what A1 A2 B1….exactly mean until I've seen your videos clip.

  4. I love Cambridge Dictionary but I have 2 criticisms:
    1) phonetic transcriptions very often differ between the main English Dictionary and the Bilingual Dictionaries (even though translations themselves seem to be accurate)
    2) Phonetic transcriptions often use different pronounciation than audio examples
    This problem needs to be fixed because it's confusing and frustrating.

  5. Sir, While using Cambridge dictionary, sometime by default it shows a page to sign in .
    Is it essential to sign in ?
    Why ???
    Waiting for your response ??

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