#EngTrivia: Dictionary Types

Do you have any dictionary? Do you often read it?

According to wikipedia, a dictionary is a collection of words in one or more specific languages, often listed alphabetically, with usage information, definitions, phonetics, etymologies, pronunciations, and other information.

It is necessary to have at least a dictionary when you are learning a language. Taking about dictionaries, there are a lot of dictionary types. Today we are going to talk about it.

1. Bilingual dictionary: A bilingual dictionary gives words in two languages. Each language is grouped alphabetically in separate halves of the book, with translations into the other language. 

2. Monolingual dictionary: It uses the same language for the words and their definitions. 

3. Crossword dictionary: It has words grouped together by the number of letters in the word to help people find words of a certain length to complete their crossword puzzles. 

4. Rhyming Dictionary: Is one where words are grouped together by their end sounds. When two words end with the same sound, they rhyme, used more frequently in poetry than prose as an effect. 

5. Pocket dictionary: A small portable dictionary designed to be carried around. Consequently, they often have tough covers to withstand the perils of travelling. 

6. Glossary: A list of words or phrases used in a particular field with their definitions. Glossaries are often found at the back of a specialist or academic book as an appendix to the text. 

7. Thesaurus: A book that organises words by categories and concepts, so synonyms and near-synonyms will be grouped together. 

That’s all, fellas. So now you could know what type of dictionary do you have, and know what type of dictionary to buy. Don’t hate dictionaries, it is necessary to help us learn more and more vocabularies :D

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4u on October 9, 2012

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