Best English Online Dictionaries – a Review of 7 Top Names

Best English Online Dictionaries – a Review of 7 Top Names

I’ve extensively used online dictionaries, mainly dictionary.com (~ 80 percent) and Cambridge English Dictionary (~ 20 percent), to improve my pronunciation of more than 3,400 words and transfer more than 7,500 words from passive to active vocabulary.

I started with dictionary.com. Much later, when I tried Cambridge English Dictionary, I realized that dictionary.com, but for pronunciation, wasn’t the best overall option. It struck me then that many more users of online dictionaries may not be using the best dictionary and I decided to write a review of main dictionary brands at some point in future. And here it is.

In this post, I’ve reviewed (with ratings out of 10) well-known online dictionary brands on parameters that are usually the most valuable to users.

Books & Novels [Difficulty Wise] You Can Read to Improve English

Books & Novels [Difficulty Wise] You Can Read to Improve English

Reading improves English.

It particularly improves your written English, but it also improves your spoken English indirectly through better vocabulary, being better informed on range of topics, and learning how to build your arguments. You can make your reading work even further for your spoken English by reading out loud. You may read the following post to learn how reading can benefit your English:

5 Ways Reading Improves English + Best Practices to Read

Before we get into the thick of this blog post, I’ll briefly narrate few steps you can take to make reading a habit:

Best Books on Grammar, Vocabulary, Speaking etc. to improve English

Best Books on Grammar, Vocabulary, Speaking etc. to improve English

‘What are the best books on grammar, punctuation, writing, speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary I can refer to improve my English?’

This is a common question from people who’re working on their English.

You need books to learn the basic rules of some aspects of English such as grammar, but, by and large, you don’t need books to learn other aspects such as pronunciation.

Here are few books (or no books where they aren’t required) you can refer to improve your English:

how reading helps your English language skills

5 Ways Reading Improves English + Best Practices to Read

Reading improves English.

If practiced correctly, reading can accelerate vocabulary-building, improve grammar, and sharpen writing. Although reading doesn’t directly impact your spoken English, it can to some extent improve it through better vocabulary, reading out loud, and a deeper knowledge base.

First off, let’s cover few cardinal rules of reading that will get you the most out of your reading:

learn English fast

How to Learn Spoken English Fast – 8 Ways?

This post is about learning spoken English fast, and not about becoming fluent in 10 or 30 days. I don’t want to disappoint you, but it’s nearly impossible to become fluent in 30 days.

Many who are advocating fluency in such short period either have different notion of fluency or aren’t being authentic. You don’t have to believe me on this. Just try those methods verbatim and see where you reach in 30 days.

Improve Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner

17 Ways to Improve Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner

Are you trying to become better at spoken English, but don’t have partners to speak to, which commonly happens when you’re trying to learn English at home.

In this post I’ll cover several steps you can take to improve your spoken English when faced with this situation. This post is divided into three parts:

First, general tactics if you don’t have a speaking partner;

Second, how you can make your practice more holistic by having occasional conversations with others;

And third, few unique challenges that solo practitioners face.

Common English Phrases & Expressions

Common English Phrases & Expressions (with examples) for 35+ Situations

Compare following expressions in English used for the same purpose of asking someone sitting next to you to pass a book:

‘Pass the book.’

‘Can you pass the book?’

‘Could you pass the book?’

‘Could you pass the book, please?’

If you use the first expression, you’ll come across as rude. The person may still pass the book, but with a frown on your temerity to ‘order’ him.

The second is OK.