What is an English Augmented Dictionary

9/3/2021

Dictionaries are an essential tool for those who write often. For those writing in a language other than their native one, they are way more important. In this last case, a traditional English dictionary has several limitations.

The top limitation of traditional dictionaries is to offer definitions for single-word terms only. They accept no more than one word as a search term. Another restriction relates to verbs. They present only their meanings, letting their conjugations out of your sight. And if you are looking for the real meaning behind English expressions, they can't help you either.

An English Augmented Dictionary unlocks all limitations in traditional dictionaries and goes further.

It supports a full/partial phrase as a search term.
In a traditional dictionary, you can't check if a set of two or more words express the intention you have in mind. If you are not an English native speaker, that issue is far more frequent. A common situation is to make sure about the correct prepositions. Spelling and grammar checkers will tell you whether they are incorrect, but it is not enough. In the following examples, both prepositions are correct: a) I am in the hospital, b) I am at the hospital. Yet, they have very different meanings. Exploring the context of references found by an English Augmented Dictionary in popular publications is all you need to clear up doubts like this.

Typenik English Augmented Dictionary You can also make sure if a metaphor used in your mother language keeps working in English.

It conjugates regular/irregular verbs.
Irregulares verbs are always a trap for non-native English speakers. More than revealing their meanings, an English Augmented Dictionary presents to you all the forms you can conjugate a verb.

Typenik Verb conjugations No more mistakes when conjugating irregular verbs.

It clears up the real meaning behind expressions.
Expressions are one more obstacle that traditional dictionaries can't help us to overcome. Not knowing the real meaning of an English expression can get you stuck in the middle of a phrase. They are another kind of issue that an English Augmented Dictionary solves for you.

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Typenik is an English Augmented Dictionary designed for non-native English speakers. With it, you can search for terms containing one or more words. When you enter a phrase or part of it, Typenik looks for references in popular publications like The New York Times, The Guardian, or any other one set by you.

Typenik Custom Sources Look for references in popular publications.

Typenik helps you to avoid the conjugation traps set by irregular verbs. With Typenik, no expressions will have the power to get you stuck in your reading anymore. Finally, you can put your writing in good shape by picking great synonymous/antonymous to remove dullness from your copy.

I enjoy writing b/c swapping one word can change the feel of an idea. “Buried under email” —> “Buried beneath email”. The B B alliteration upgrades the rhythm. Writing is music. Plus, “beneath” adds to the suppressive power of buried. “Under” just can’t muster the same feel.

Jason Fried, CEO at Basecamp and best-selling author

And if some term isn't defined well by words, you can get it explained with images.

Typenik Images A picture is worth a thousand words.

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