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Acronym Finder

Look up 124,800 acronyms/abbreviations & their meanings.
A searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.

http://www.acronymfinder.com/

 

An English Homophone Dictionary o:p>

Homophones are words that are pronounced alike even if they differ in spelling, meaning, or origin, such as "pair" and "pear". Homophones may also be spelled alike, as in "bear" (the animal) and "bear" (to carry). But this list consists only of homophones that are not spelled alike.

Homonym is a somewhat looser term than homophone, sometimes referring to all homophones and only homophones, and sometimes referring to the subset of homophones that are spelled alike.

http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/writing/homofone.htm

 

Cambridge University Press Online Dictionary

Enter one word that you wish to search for in the space provided.
For example, to search for the idiom try your luck, type either try or luck.
You may choose from the Cambridge International Dictionary of English, Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs or Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms.

http://www.cup.cam.ac.uk/elt/dictionary/

 

One Look Dictionary

Dictionary word count = 2994189 words in 595 dictionaries now indexed This website indexes other dictionary indexes. Simple to use

http://www.onelook.com/

 

Roget's Thesaurus

Alphabetical: Browse the thesaurus through the alphabetical index of headwords
Categorial Outline: Browse the thesaurus through the six broad categories into which Mr. Roget classified the entire vocabulary of the English language

http://www.thesaurus.com/index.html

 

Roget's Thesaurus (2)

Another version of the famous Thesaurus.

http://humanities.uchicago.edu/forms_unrest/ROGET.html

 

Synonym Dictionary

This is a project at Vancouver Webpages to generate copyright-free lists of English synonyms for a search engine. For a more comprehensive list, go to WordNet (http://vancouver-webpages.com/wordnet/index.html)

http://vancouver-webpages.com/synonyms.html

 

The Anagram Dictionary

It's interesting the number of anagrams that are fitting: Eternity and entirety, backward and drawback, discern and rescind, demand and madden, comedian and demoniac, American and cinerama, aspirate and parasite, oldies and soiled, lust and slut, to name a few of many hundreds. Certainly there'd be some impact on the meanings and popularity of words from how they sound and look. To some small degree we've been subconsciously shaping our language to make nice anagrams since it began.

http://www.orchy.com/dictionary/anagrams.htm

 

The Dictionary

Have a question about words, grammar or language?

http://www.dictionary.com/index.html

 

The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary

What can I do with the rhyming dictionary?
You can use it to help write poetry, song lyrics, greeting cards, witticisms, and more. Using the three phonetic query functions described below, you can find words that rhyme with, almost rhyme with, or sound exactly the same as a certain target word. Using the two semantic query functions, synonyms and ``semantic siblings'', you can find words that approximate or have the same meaning as an intended concept. Combining the two features can help you balance sound and meaning in a poetic writing venture.

http://www.link.cs.cmu.edu/dougb/rhyme-doc.html

 

The WorldWideWeb Acronym and Abbreviation Server

A list of (mostly) acronyms (abbreviations constructed from the first letters [or first few letters] of the words of a phrase. Technically speaking, an ACRONYM listing is not a dictionary.

http://www.ucc.ie/info/net/acronyms/index.html

Webster's Thesaurus

Type in your word or phrase and press ENTER/RETURN.

http://www.m-w.com/thesaurus.htm

 

WriteExpress Online Rhyming Dictionary

Useful for song and poetry writing. Includes the following categories: End rhymes, last syllable, Double Rhymes (e.g. Conviction, Prediction), Beginning rhymes

http://www.writeexpress.com/online2.html

 

Tips for Spanish Speakers who are Learning English

This site is dedicated to the most common errors found among speakers of Spanish who are learning English. It is not meant to be a complete grammar but mainly aimed at helping Spanish-speaking students to avoid making these common mistakes. The site may also help English teachers who are planning to work in Latin America. The following points will be discussed:
-False Cognates
-Confusing Words
-Invented Words
-Perfect Tenses
-This/These
-Adjectives vs adverbs
-Omission of Subject
-Other/ Another/ Others
-Comparative Forms
-Capitalization
-Slang
-Phrasal Verbs/ Prepositions
-Frequently Misspelled Words
-List of Irregular Verbs

http://www.angelfire.com/fl/espanglishtips/

 

How to write an Email message

This web discusses the differences between email and conventional letter writing. It is an excellent introduction to the sociocultural and coded differences between email and other kinds of letter writing. As email is fast surpassing "snail" mail as the major form of writing personal letters between peoples, it is important that students start by learning about the characteristics of email.

http://enterprise.powerup.com.au/htmlxp/pu/emailhow.htm

 

Free English

A Free program of english classes. Useful for students for self-study and practice.

http://www.freeenglish.com/

 

 

An Elementary Grammar

CONTENTS
Word Order
The Indefinite Article
The Definite Article
Nouns
Pronouns
Adjectives
Comparison of Adjectives
Comparison of Adverbs
Prepositions of Time
Prepositions of Place
The Simple Present Tense
The Present Continuous Tense
The Future Tense
The Simple Past Tense
The Past Continuous Tense
The Present Perfect Tense
The Present Perfect Continuous Tense
Auxiliary Verbss
Modal Auxiliary Verbs
To Make and To Do
To Get
Been and Gone
Modal Auxiliary Verbs
To Make and To Do

http://62.6.162.42/intro.html

 

 

English Club: English Grammar

These English grammar pages will help you to study and understand the structure of English. Don't be afraid of grammar! The grammar of any language is there to help you. Remember that the language came first. The grammar is only a reflection of the language.Verbs & Tenses
Present simple: I do
Present continuous: I am doing
Present perfect simple: I have done
Present perfect continuous: I have been doing
Past simple: I did
Future: will: I will do
Future: going to: I am going to do
Future: present continuous: I am doing
"Used to do"
"Be used to something"
Questions: Do you do?
Passive: It is done Modals
Have to (obligation)
Must ('obligation')
Must not (prohibition)

Adjectives
Adjective order
Comparative: bigger
Superlative: the biggest

Determiners
Each/every
Some/any

Prepositions
At/in/on (time)

http://www.englishclub.net/grammar/index.htm

 

 

ESL Grammar Notes

Three links to detailed information on grammar points.

http://www.fairnet.org/agencies/lca/grammar1.html

 

 

Net Grammar

Written by an ESL/EFL practitioner, NetGrammar focuses on English grammar through interactive listening, reading and writing activities.

Research in second language acquisition suggests that students expect and need to learn the formal rules of a language in focus. That is why NetGrammar was developed with that focus in mind where students will practice new structures in a variety of contexts in order to help them internalize and master the many structures of English. NetGrammar provides an abundance of both controlled and communicative exercises so that students can bridge the gap between knowing grammatical structures and using them.

NetGrammar follows a six-step approach at the Unit Level. The first step is contextualiazing the new content through clear objectives, language functions and notes where new structures are shown in context. This is followed by a presentation of the structures (Grammar Focus) with grammar charts and explanations. The third step is listening where students hear a variety of short conversations, interviews, storytelling, etc. The fourth step is reading. Here, students can find a variety of short authentic passage.. The fifth step is writing where students can practice the new structures by cues given to them. They can also e-mail their writing products to their instructor and/or other friends. And finally, the six step is the review section, which can be used as a self test. The exercises in this section test the structures of the unit and can be e-mailed to the instructor and/or other friends.

http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/~allenq/netgrammar/Introduction/a101a1_101000.html

 

 

Online English Grammar

This website includes an enormous table of contents with hyperlinks to all the online grammar you could want!

You can scroll through the Table of Contents to scan down or up to the item that you are looking for.
You can search by clicking on a letter of the alphabet which will take you to the alpabetical category in the Subject Index

You can conduct a key-word search of the Table of Contents by using your browser's 'find' option (in Netscape this is under 'Edit') and typing in a word relevant to your search (note - this does not search the whole grammar but only the Table of Contents.

http://www.edunet.com/english/grammar/toc.cfm

 

 

Online Grammar

This area is meant to be used by entry levels of ESL classes at this point.
Advanced students should try "crazy English" or the "terrible teacher"

http://www.clta.on.ca/grammmar.htm

 

 

The English Grammar Clinic

The English Grammar Clinic is an oustanding resource for students and teachers as well as those who just like the English language.
Send your English grammar question to us and the professional teaching staff at Lydbury English Centre will post the answer where you will be able to view it.
There is a page of FAQs (frequently asked question) pages for speedy research.
Finally, the grammar café for a chat with friends

http://www.edunet.com/english/clinic-h.html

 

 

A Guide to Web Surfing for EFL Students

The Internet is very exciting. It is changing the face of human culture. However, the internet can also be intimidating and overwhelming, because there are so many websites. Good web surfers are good at searching for information and evaluating the sites that they find. And just like real surfing, it takes practice to become good at web surfing. You can learn alot just by playing on the web, but you can also waste a lot of time. Ask yourself these questions:
How can I find the information that I need most efficiently?
How can I evaluate the information that I find?
This site will help you learn how to be a better web surfer. Start by taking the Internet Knowledge Quiz.

http://www.miyazaki-mic.ac.jp/faculty/jreinhar/surf.html

 

 

Hypertext English Language Practice

These pages provide information and practice exercises about the grammar and vocabulary of English. Excercises include the following areas: Phrasal verbs with 'ON'

Phrasal verbs with 'UP'
Defining and non-defining relative clauses
Relative pronouns
Grammar Quiz
Animal Idioms

http://www.edunet.com/english/practice/rside/home.html

 

 

The Case

Help solve short mysteries.

http://www.TheCase.com/kids/



Cambridge EFL Online

Cambridge EFL On-line is the website of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Division.
In this site you will find full information on all of the Cambridge EFL examinations and tests, as well as the latest news from Cambridge

http://www.cambridge-efl.org.uk/

 

 

The English Learner

Learners of English will find all types of interactive tests and exercises here:
grammar
vocabulary
reading
crosswords
hangman and more.
EnglishLearner.Com also offers English lessons by e-mail at three levels every week - completely free!

http://www.englishlearner.com/tests/test.html

 

 

Babel Fish Translator

Runs out of the Altavista Search engine. As with most translators, you enter text or an http address, choose which languages you wish to translate to and from, and the machine translates (if possible) your request.

http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/cgi-bin/translate?

 

 

The Babylon Translator

Babylon is Faster and Easier than any Dictionary
Paper, electronic or CD-Rom
Translates expressions and abbreviations
Babylon translates expressions such as "make ends meet" or "more or less" and abbreviations such as "btw"(by the way) or "asap" (as soon as possible)
Babylon is comprehensive
Ultra rich vocabulary of words and expressions; Babylon not only translates words and phrases but also proper names and geographical places AND
Computer terms such as "ftp", "smtp"
Medical terms such as "macrosomia" and "endoscopic surgery"
Legal terms such as "seisin" and "arbitration clause"

http://www.babylon.com/trans/index.html

 

 

Translation Page

Enter text or a URL into the input screen. Program will translate the text or the linked page.

http://www.dictionary.com/translate/index.html

 

 

Common Spelling errors in English

A page full of the most commonly mispelled words in English. Also some good links to other spelling topics. A quick resource

http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/errors/errors.html

 

 



 

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