Saturday, 13 June 2015

This dictionary is always good company

Would you like to write and speak English like a native? If the answer is (obviously) yes, this is the final word: collocation.
Words in a language tend to co-occur with others to form natural “chunks”, which the native speaker can quickly bring to mind whenever they are needed. That is why it is much more effective to learn collocations rather than individual words. Moreover, learning collocations will prevent common mistakes made by students when translating from L1 into L2.
Longman´s Collocations Dictionary and Thesaurus is an excellent work covering thousands of those all-important collocations. It is the first collocations dictionary with an integrated thesaurus, helping students not only learn natural English but also build their vocabulary with a large number of similar words. It is without doubt a winning combination.
Although this work is not the most comprehensive collocations dictionary on the market, it is probably the most useful. Clear definitions, carefully selected examples and numerous notes throughout the dictionary make it possible for learners to use all those collocations accurately and confidently.
Again, Longman is at the forefront of ELT publishing, and I can´t get enough of it.

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