Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Online Readers with Built-in Dictionary or Translator
If you're looking for a reading site that is already set up for a non-native speaker, this is it. It's called ESL Desk.com. You click on any word in a reading of your choice and are linked to a dictionary, which can either translate to any of the major languages in the world or give a definition of the word in English. The main drawback of this approach to reading is that if the word is part of an idiom or phrasal verb, you will not get that meaning by clicking on individual words. Nevertheless, it is a great aid for learning vocabulary while reading some classic English literature.