linguoboy wrote:In your humble opinion, Naava, which is the most helpful dictionary of English for a learner?
First of all, I might not be the best person to ask this because I rarely use dictionaries. Sanakirja.org is my trusted friend, and it seems there's an English version of it as well. Why I like it:
- it's free
- you can save language pairs (eg. I have English-Finnish, Finnish-English, Russian-Finnish, Finnish-Russian, Finnish-Estonian, and Estonian-Finnish saved) so you don't need to search for the correct language every time you want to check a word
- it has quite many languages to choose from
- it gives you the pronunciation in IPA and/or an audio file (though not with every word)
- it tells if the word is an adjective, verb, noun or something else
- it gives you a definition (not with every word)
- it gives you examples (not with every word)
- it gives you declination/conjugation (not with every word)
- it gives you alternative spellings/synonyms (not with every word)
- it has slang etc, not just standard language
If I want to know which preposition to use, I usually just google "adamant on or about" or "adamant at or in" and you can be sure you'll find your answer. That's how I found Merriam-Webster and Vocabulary.com. If I don't know if something I'm about to say is actually English or Finglish (or if I'm feeling suspicious of Sanakirja.org*), I google it with "quotation marks" and see if natives have used the same phrase.
*homonyms and near-synonyms, oh how I hate you!
Urban dictionary is great with acronyms and slang.
If I want to know how a word is pronounced, I usually go to Cambridge Dictionary. They use IPA + audio files.
In short, I don't think there's one dictionary that'd be better than the others. Imo it's best to use multiple sources for different purposes.