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Breaking News English

A great site to improve your students listening abilities. As you see, this web page offers 2,369 Free English Lessons in 7 different levels.

In each lesson you will find out the next sections:

You can choose among:









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Dictionaries

Dictionaries

A great collection of the best on line dictionaries all over the web.

Just have a look!

Word Reference.com

Free online dictionaries – Spanish, French, Italian, German and more. Conjugations, audio pronunciations and forums for your questions.  

Vocabulary.com

A great tool either to improve your vocabulary as student or, as a teacher to help your students.  It’s more than a simple dictionary. TRY IT!

Collins Dictionary

 More than 500,000 words, meanings, phrases, synonyms and antonyms. It is ideal for everyday use at home, for study, at the office and on the go. 

McMillan Dictionary Online

Pronuntiation, translations, language resources and many other things that you can explore.

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

A great dictionary for general British English on Cambridge Dictionaries Online.

 Merriam-Webstern

America’s most useful and respected dictionary,Word of the Day, facts and observations on language, lookup trends, and wordplay. With many usage examples.  

Longman Dictionary

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online   

Using English

English language site specialising in English as a Second Language (ESL) established in 2002 with a large collection of tools & resources for students, teachers…, It covers the full spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas.  

Dictionary.com

An online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins, audio pronunciations, example sentences, slang phrases, idioms, word games, legal and medical terms, Word of the Day and more.  

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

Used by over 35 million learners of English worldwide. You will find out any word.  

Oxford Living  Dictionary

This dictionary is more than a dictionary: videos, quizzes, grammar, thesaurus… Very recomendable!!

The Free Dictionary.com

This dictionary allows you to create your own personal homepage by adding and removing, dragging and dropping, and “using or losing” existing content windows…

SPECIFIC DICTIONARIES

LINGUEE

It is a web service that provides an online dictionary for a number of language pairs. It incorporates a search engine that provides access to large amounts of bilingual, translated sentence pairs, which come from the World Wide Web. ATTENTION !!!! Linguee is not an automatic translation machine!  

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

What’s the difference between two similar words?   

GRAPH words

Fantastic free semantic field maps and thesaurus synonimes 

Synonyme Finder 

Speak and write with confidence. To help you avoid using the same word too repetitively, redundantly, recurrently, incessantly,  etc.  

Cogney rhyming slang dictionary

Do you want to know about cogney rhyming slang, the secret language of London?

VISUWORD

Fantastic free graph words and thesaurus synonyms for teachers and students

Phrase up Dictionary

phraseup assists you with writing by finding and filling-in the words you can’t remember

Phrasal verbs dictionary 

A reference of 3,451 current English Phrasal Verbs (also called multi-word verbs) with definitions and examples. 

Visual Dictionary Online

Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before.

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GRAPH dictionary

With visuword whether you are a native English speaker or a second language user you can explore the lexicon in a complete new way.

Use the graphs to associate words and expand on concepts. Brainstorm. Move beyond synonyms and find other kinds of relational connections.

Enter words into the search box, “visualize a word,” to look them up. Touch a node to see the definition of that word group and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

  • It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!

  • Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.

  • No membership required.

It uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.

THE VISUWORDS™ INTERFACE

To use the applet you only need to type a word into the search query at the top of the page and press ‘Enter’. A network of nodes or ‘synsets’ will spring out from the word that you entered. A synset is essentially a single concept that is represented by a number of terms or synonyms.

SYNSETS

Each synset node is shown as a globe. Nouns are blue, verbs are green, adjectives; orange and adverbs; red. The synsets are joined by colored links that represent kind of association those synsets have to one another.

  • “is a kind of” — hyponym/hypernym pair

    With regards to “wheat” and “grain”, we see a cyan link from “wheat” pointing towards “grain” we can understand this to mean that wheat “is a kind of” grain. Here, “wheat” is a hyponym and “grain” is a hypernym. In the case of verbs this same cyan link can be understood better by “is one way to”. So, for example, to trot “is one way to” walk.

  • “is an instance of” — hyponym/hypernym pair

    In these relationships, the hyponym is specific and unique. For example, “Einstein” is an instance of a “physicist”.

  • “is a member of”, “is a part of”, “is a substance of” — meronym/holonym pair

    In these cases the meronym in some way belongs to the holonym. Examples: “robin” is a member of the “thrushes”, a “wheel” is a part of a “wheeled vehicle”, “caffeine” is a substance of “coffee”.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN…?

Do you want to know what’s the difference between two similar words?

If so, have a look here

It’s sooooo easy and useful!

Write the two words and discover!

Here is an example between fatigue and weary:

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Loyal Books (free public audiobooks)

Discover great free books  in loyal books.

A page  with a simple interface and beautiful images. Create your own library from thousands of free audiobooks and eBooks. Read reviews from other users and stream audiobooks or download to listen offline. With featured books and top charts you’ll quickly be on your way to enjoying the best free books available.

You can download either the book or the audio or both.

Remember some details of epub format:

ePub is an open format defined by the Open eBook Forum of the International Digital Publishing Forum.

ePub format is a based on XHTML, XML and CSS.

ePub files usually have .epub extension.

TO DOWNLOAD THE BOOK:

After choosing your book, go at the bottom of the loyal book page and click  on one of these formats:

TO DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO :

After choosing your book go at the bottom of the loyal page and click on  one of the audiobooks formats

ATTENTION!!!!!

Maybe you need a free ePub Readers software or application for Windows systems to read your book.

Here I leave some of them:

Azardi Desktop
http://azardi.infogridpacific.com/azardi-download.html
STDU Viewer
http://www.stdutility.com/stduviewer.html

Sony Reader
https://ebookstore.sony.com/download/

Adobe Digital Editions
http://www.adobe.com/es/products/digital-editions/download.html
Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF supports viewing mobi ebooks since version 2.1. Sumatra is free, open-source and supports many other formats, like PDF, mobi, XPS, DjVu, CBR, CBZ.

http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/

FBReader

FBReader is a cross-platform, open-source eBook reader that can also read ePub files.

http://fbreader.org/

Cool Reader

Cool Reader supports ePub and a few other formats.

http://crengine.sourceforge.net/

EPUBReader FireFox extension

EPUBReaderis a FireFox web browser extension.

https://addons.mozilla.org/es/firefox/addon/epubreader/

Calibre

Calibre is an eBook library manager with built-in eBook viewer.

http://calibre-ebook.com/

MagicScroll eBook Reader for Google Chrome
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search-apps/ebook

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vocabulary.com

 Really useful to learn english.   “Vocabulary.com is a platform for lifelong learning, growing with you every step of the way. As you improve, the words that you learn will become more and more advanced. And, with our easy-to-use progress-monitoring tools, you can always look back to see how far you’ve come.”

It’s a great tool either to learn and improve your vocabulary or, as a teacher, to help your students. Find: grammar, vocabulary, antonymes, synonymes….

¡It’s  more than a simple dictionary!

 (click on each tab !)

 You can  play 

 You can  even to prepare your own lists for learning and teaching

 You can  look a word up

A great thesaurus with grammar tips and a good word for each day

        A complete list of synonymes and antonymes

 

Once you have your word with the different synonymes. You can even look it up depending on its complexity or lenght, like in the examples below:

 

But also, you can discover what words are the most common or informal ones by clicking that option like in the examples:

Go and investigate all the things you can do. You can join in for free but you have also a pro account for more things.

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Online reading and listening lessons

English listening rocks  is a web page where you can find free online english listening lessons with 6 different levels. In each level you have different lessons with the listening file and the script.

They are lovely short stories to help students learn and improve english listening and reading skills

ESL teaching materials to help language students learn and improve english listening and reading skills

These listenings are for the high beginner level. The stories are focus on the 560 words in the english language.

These materials help intermediate students and are focus on the most common 1,120 words in the english language.

These stories are focus on 1686 words.

These stories require a good degree of listening and reading fluency. The vocabulary range includes the most common 2,248 words in english language

This level has words in the list of 2,800 most frequently used words.

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WInnie the witch stories

Winnie the witch  loves Wilbur, her big black cat. She also loves her orange and yellow stripy tights, pumpkin soup, and waving her magic wand.

 

Wilbur loves Winnie. He also loves broomstick rides with Winnie, cheesecake, and curling up in his basket.

Winnie the Witch, Winnie´s house cartoon

Winnie in winter

Winnie's Amazing Pumpkin

Winnie's new computer

Winnie flies Again

Winnie's Flying Carpet!

Winnie the witch's song

Winnie of the seaside

Winnie's magic wand

Winnie in Space

Winnie's Midnight Dragon

Happy Birthday, Winnie

Winnie the witch's vocabulary

Winnie the witch's song 2

I want to appreciate the great work done by Alex and her daughters to improve reading. Videos that I recommend you to have a look. click here if you want to know more about it.

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Inphografics and idioms

In Mc Millan Dictionary you will find monthly series of infographics to consolidate vocabulary in a more visual way.

Each infographic is based on a theme – from the universal theme of love and relationships through hairstyles to special events such as World Book Day, Easter and Earth Day. Keep an eye on that page for more infographics that are coming soon.

Here I leave some examples that you can download in .jpg from the original site

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NAMING COLOURS

Naming colours in english is not so easy, abve all for non native speakers.

Here I want to leave some help  for all those who are interested in colours.

I hope it will be useful for you.

CRAYON BOX COLOURS

(taken from burnettsboards.com)

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crayon colours 1crayon colours2crayon colours3crayon colours4crayon colours5crayon colours6crayon colours7crayon colours8

THE COLOUR THESAURUS

(taken from different sites)  

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NORMAL COLOURS

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colours

 

CRAYOLA FLUORESCENT COLOURS

(taken from wikipedia) 

crayola fluorescent

CRAYOLA STANDARD COLOURS

(taken from wikipedia) 

crayola1crayola2crayola3crayola4crayola5crayola6crayola7crayola8crayola9crayola 10crayola 11

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