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January 19, 2012

The Free Dictionary.com

There are piles of resources all over the internet. The real problem is...

...making sense of it all or finding a central location to use as sort of a home base for resources, chats and connecting with others with the same interests.

And yes, that means that I have found yet another website rich in possibilities.

At freedictionary.com (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/) you can explore a constantly changing array of games, articles and links including an English language forum (for any linguistic related questions you might have) a continuous spelling bee, a word of the day, news links and much more.

Here's one example of how useful this website can be. One of the things that is extraordinarily difficult to keep track of in English (even for native speakers) is acronyms. You know, those pesky abbreviations you see in emails or in print somewhere. Some are familiar - like LOL, FBI or SNAFU. But how to you keep track of them or find out what they mean - or even more importantly, how do you make sure you use them correctly?

Check out this URL - http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/ for an updated listing. You can also search the listing alphabetically.

On the left side of the home page you can see essentially the same site in a variety of languages; Polish, Greek, Arabic or Norwegian just to name a few.

I confess to being a news and resource nerd, and I love the many possibilities and resources available on the Web that allow learners of every level to explore and encounter a language as flexible and fluid as English.

Send us any websites you find particularly useful - especially those related to words or phrases that make you crazy and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) and a newspaper columnist http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/columnists/morf_morford/ and would love to do either one of those somewhere else in the world

Posted by mmorf at January 19, 2012 11:14 PM


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