Hello readers of Aprender Palavras, today we will understand where the dictionary should be in the life of a language student and which ones are really helpful in this matter.
a dictionary [of languages] and a “bank” of bilingual or trilingual words where the person learns isolated words from a target language to their mother tongue, but should we sit for an hour a day and read it from A to Z? To answer this question you need to know what language level we have.
If we have level A1, that is, beginner, we will certainly be tempted to look ALL the words of the text in the dictionary (I did it myself), but is it effective? NO! it will only take time and make your study boring and time consuming, which will make you discouraged, and it applies to any language level (whether you are a beginner or fluent), although there are people who can study this way, many polyglots and teachers disagree this form of study, since it is not effective. So why have a dictionary?
Search for isolated words
Yes, that's what the dictionary is for, to help you find words isolated from a text FROM YOUR LEVEL, because there is no point in wanting to read “Hunger Games” in Russian while your level is basic. So use simple, childlike texts, which are smaller and with few sentences, you will be able to identify the words that you have already studied, and those that you have never seen, OH YES use the dictionary. See well, It is recommended that you use it for words that you have never seen, once you have looked at the meaning, save this new word on a Flashcard or write it down in a notebook (Aprender Words gives several flashcard tips, browse the page and find out which you like), and review whenever possible to remember it.
But the big question is: which is the best? What Help Really? to answer that question, you have to keep two things in mind: The language and its need, pay attention to the dictionary tips that professor Márcio Francisco gives:
For Arabic, Italian, English, Russian, Chinese: