Longman Dictionary Review
seen Longman Dictionary
in action for
many years and it's a powerful aid for learners of English as a second
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It describes English in an up-to-date, modern
definitions are simple and easy to understand (for learners with a good
base in English). The reason for this is that Longman mostly uses a
list of 2000 common words
in all of the definitions.
are some examples:
Abolish = to officially end a law,
system etc, especially one that has existed for a long time.
Electricity = the power that is carried
by wires, cables etc, and is used to provide light or heat, to make
machines work etc.
Utensil = a thing such as a knife,
spoon etc that you use when you are cooking.
The 3000 most frequent
English are highlighted – and this is quite unique.
Furthermore, The Longman dictionary supplies:
- Real examples of natural
- Help on collocations (combinations of words
that are used together frequently)
- Word focus boxes and usage notes
In addition to the book, you can get the CD-ROM, which includes:
- All entry words pronounced in
British and American English
- 88,000 spoken example sentences pronounced
- Over 1000 pronunciation exercises,
including intonation practice
- Listening exercises and an extensive exam
practice for standard tests
- 1 million extra example sentences from books
The Longman Language Activator® gives priceless assistance in
expressing yourself in English as naturally as possible.
It takes you form a key word or basic idea, like ‘good’, and shows you
how to express your idea the best. It gives more precise words or
phrases with information on context and grammar structures.
Let's say you want to express the concept of finishing. You go to
the key word "Finish", where you find words with similar but more
accurate meanings, such as: finish,
etc. It further explains when to use each. It uses detailed
explanations and natural examples to show typical usage.
interactive tool that gives help on word choice, grammar,
collocations (combinations of words that are used together
frequently) and advice on avoiding common errors.
Sound pretty helpful, doesn't it? :)
In some cases I've noticed Longman to be a bit lacking
in the following areas:
- Some rarer words missing
- Some definitions being too specific and so not
With that said, the Longman dictionary is a true asset. Yes, it has its
downsides, but when combined with another, larger, dictionary – it can
give you an up-to-date and simple picture of the English language.
your own copy of
the Longman dictionary, or check it out online for free.