1. Do you use dictionary?
I’ve got to say yes. As a learner of English as a second language, a dictionary is something that you can’t live without. It’s a must-have item if people want to enhance their English proficiency.
2. Which kind of dictionaries do you prefer to use?
Personally speaking, I make use of both monolingual and bilingual dictionaries. Oxford dictionary is often my first choice as it tops others in its provision of a wealth of entries with accuracy. However, when I can’t get the hang of a word’s meaning, I’d go for an English – [your language] dictionary since everything would clear up if I grasp the meaning in my mother tongue.
3. Do you think the dictionary is useful?
I can’t agree with you more. A dictionary is part and parcel of language acquisition process. With a dictionary, either in paper or online forms, it’s possible to look up words that you’re unfamiliar instantly, and there’re loads of examples which are written in different contexts so that users can apply what they’ve learnt appropriately.
4. If someone gave you a dictionary as a gift, how would you feel?
I’m a real sucker for paper dictionary, so if someone gave me one, I would feel elated as it means a lot to me. Although e-dictionary is being the in-thing today, I can’t resist the feeling of folding a paper dictionary and look up the words I don’t know.
5. Do you think it would be interesting to be a part of a team that is writing a dictionary?
Composing is not my strong forte, and it seems a big responsibility when you are doing a big task like that. Instead of feeling thrilled to bits, I would feel scared out of my mind as I might give the wrong definitions.
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