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Serapiglia: Online Dictionaries: WordReference.com

Elena Serapiglia

Spanish IV

Online Dictionaries: WordReference

Information literacy topics:

  • Using technology tools

Objective: To use online bilingual dictionaries effectively to translate English/Spanish and Spanish/English.

 

1.Direct students to activity guide online at:

Amity website→High SchoolAHS Library Information Center

Find Online StuffBy SubjectWorld LanguageClass ProjectsSerapigliaOnline Dictionaries: WordReference

 

2. Discussion: What works and doesn’t work in Google Translate?

Google Translate can be useful BUT...

 

3. Presentation/Discussion: WordReference bilingual online dictionaries

Advantages and function of a dictionary: Example: “look

  • Shows the part of speech of original and translation. Hover for definition, or look at the WordReference abbreviation list.

  • Gives the word in context or synonym to make sure it’s the right definition

  • Gives a translation of the word in context.

  • Gives choices by different country/region (for different “regionalismos”)

abbreviations used.

 

4. Student practice and discussion:  SINGLE WORD English-Spanish translation

Strategy...

  • Identify your term. Noun? Verb? Adjective? etc.

  • Clarify the context.

  • Nouns, adjectives, etc.

    • Identify the singular form (usually masculine, but some nouns use the feminine).

    • Is it slang? Is it an idiomatic usage (i.e. NOT literal use of words)?

    • Simplify your term, perhaps using a synonym.

    • Search for single word.

    • Scan results, confirming part of speak and correct context.

    • No good results?  Change search terms. Look for synonyms.

    • No luck? Try the user forums at the bottom of the page.

 

  • Verbs

    • Identify the infinitive.

    • Is it a phrasal verb?

    • Is it slang? Is it an idiomatic expression (i.e. NOT literal use of words)?

    • Simplify your term, perhaps using a synonym.

      • Change phrasal verbs to single words if possible.

      • Change idiomatic expressions to more conventional terms.

    • Search by single word, or, if necessary, phrasal verbs (this sometimes works!).

    • Scan results, confirming part of speech and correct context.

    • No good results?  Change search terms. Look for synonyms.

    • No luck? Try the user forums at the bottom of the page.

 

5. Additional student practice and discussion:  PHRASAL VERB Spanish-English translation

 

Phrasal verbs are verb expressions made up of the verb + other words, like prepositions, conjunctions, and object pronouns, that follow specific formulas. The verb changes meaning completely depending on the other formula and the context.

 

Session Notes

 

Google Translate can be useful BUT:

When it is WRONG, it:

  • May just be completely inaccurate.

No me quedan más que $10.

I do not get more than $ 10.

  • May be too literal.

I only have $10 left.

Sólo tengo $ 10 izquierda.

  • May not good at figuring out the context from surrounding text.

I don’t want her money. You keep it.

No quiero su dinero. Usted mantiene la misma.

  • Can’t figure out meaning with no context.

Queda.

Remains.

When it is RIGHT:

  • May use expressions correctly that just sound awkward.

  • May use expressions that are unfamiliar to you, or beyond your experience.

    • Nuria and I have arranged to meet at 8 in the bar.

    • Nuria y yo hemos quedado a las 8 en el bar.

 

Most important, when it does show other choices, it doesn’t give enough context. It IS getting better, BUT, dictionaries are often a better choice.

 

Searching strategy...

  • Identify your term. Noun? Verb? Adjective? etc.

  • Clarify the context.

  • Nouns, adjectives, etc.

    • Identify the singular form (usually masculine, but some nouns use the feminine).

    • Is it slang? Is it an idiomatic usage (i.e. NOT literal use of words)?

    • Simplify your term, perhaps using a synonym.

      • Change phrasal verbs to single words if possible.

      • Change idiomatic expressions to more conventional terms.

    • Search by single word, or, if necessary, phrasal verbs (this sometimes works!).

    • Scan results, confirming part of speak and correct context.

    • No good results?  Change search terms. Look for synonyms.

    • No luck? Try the user forums at the bottom of the page.

WordReference Additional Features

Language Forums

User language forums, in which many translators participate. NOT everyone is an expert, and sometimes people with little experience give opinions.

Tools

 

WordReference includes plug-ins and gadgets that can be used with browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google.

 

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