Extremely Useful Dictionaries for English Learners
DOWNLOAD, resident in PC tray
English-English, with audio files of pronunciations:
Merriam-Webster OnLine: Collegiate Dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus
The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online (online version
of the CD-ROM of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Updated Edition.)
OneLook Dictionary Search
Check many dictionaries simultaneously; do word pattern searches
*ive (find all words ending in -ive); b?t (find all words with one letter between b and t)
Standard British English pronunciations:
h o w j s a y . c o m
An English Pronouncing Dictionary with Instant Sound
Standard British English (RP) pronunciation
For new slang and rude words (User edited, so quality varies widely):
Thesauri (Checks many different thesauri simultaneously):
This is much better:
The Synonym Finder. Rodale, J.I., ed. New York: Warner Books, 1978 (originally published by the Rodale Press).
Not officially online, but you can in fact search it via Google Books - use the "Search this book" box on the left.
English, Chinese, many languages
Google Dictionary Audio files in standard US and British pronunciation
Chinese, traditional characters:
English-Chinese Chinese-English (limited number of entries)
Yahoo! 奇摩 Yahoo-Kimo
Offers lookup dictionaries, full text translation, capture word on screen,
translate selected text and pronunciation of words in over 80 languages.
ROC Ministry of Education online Mandarin dictionary, revised edition
Ministry of Education Taiwan Southern Min Dictionary of High-frequency Words
Taiwanese Dictionary (translation of Taiwanese-Japanese Dictionary)
Jim Breen's Online Japanese dictionary
WordReference.com online dictionaries:
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian
LEO (Link Everything Online) Dictionaries German plus: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
MORE ONLINE DICTIONARIES:
The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English with CD-ROM
Excellent student dictionary, with US and British vocabulary differences and
pronunciations, example sentences, practice exercises.
5th Edition. 2009. Essex: Pearson Education.
The Synonym Finder. Rodale, J.I., ed. New York: Warner Books, 1978
(originally published by the Rodale Press). Taiwan reprint available at
書林 Bookman Books; paperback version possibly available at Lai Lai 來來 Books;
Cave's 敦煌 may also have it.
The English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢大詞典 (unabridged), 2 volumes. 上海譯文出版社. 陸谷孫主編. 1989.
(other similar sets now available; check at mainland bookstores, like 若水堂)
新世紀漢英大辭典 A New Century Chinese-English Dictionary. 外語教學與研究出版社, 2003. Can be ordered at 秋水堂, or try other mainland bookstores, like 若水堂; takes about six weeks to arrive.
新華字典 Xinhua Zidian. 北京：商務. Simplified characters, with traditional characters also given. Arranged according to Pinyin spellings, with radical 部首 index. Light, portable, and surprisingly comprehensive for a pocket dictionary. Available very inexpensively at 若水堂.