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Put away your dictionary if you really want to improve

By 7 December 2017Test Tips

Limit your dictionary use

It can be tempting to translate words that you come across when studying directly into your first language. This won’t improve your English or your reading skills though.

It’s much better to use an English-English dictionary to check the meaning of unfamiliar words.

These dictionaries are designed for non-native speakers and provide definitions in clear English. Good ones also have additional helpful features such as telling you how common the word is and collocations for the word.

If you haven’t got an English-English dictionary or an app for one, it’s worth investing in one. It will last you for life.