Welcome to our Picture Dictionary, an engaging and interactive tool that helps to expand our vocabulary and deepen our understanding of language through the use of images. In this session, we will explore how picture dictionaries differ from traditional dictionaries, the benefits of using images to learn new words, and the various contexts in which they can be particularly useful.
What Is A Visual Dictionary?
A picture dictionary or a visual dictionary relies on pictures to show the meaning of words. Obviously, these words often teach nouns, although there are visuals to demonstrate abstract ideas like emotions as well. Unlike regular dictionaries, visual dictionaries are not arranged alphabetically but are instead organized thematically, with an image linked to each theme.
Examples of common vocabulary topics with pictures: animals, birds, insects, sea animals, farm animals, wild animals, fruits, vegetables, food, flowers, plants, shapes, colors, jobs, body parts, Math symbols, number chart, hundreds chart, African countries, European countries, Asian countries, South American countries, …
There are usually a number of themes on which these dictionaries are based, but the dictionary usually has thousands of images to help you understand words. You can look for the themes to find the words easily. Some of these dictionaries are multi-lingual, but others are monolingual. These dictionaries also have an index of all the words defined. It should help you find the words you need by finding the right illustration.
Visual dictionaries can be used by all kinds of people, including teachers, students, translators, and even parents. Skill level is not a factor with these dictionaries either, as anyone can benefit from using these dictionaries.
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The Importance of Picture Dictionary
Learning English vocabulary through a visual dictionary is important if you are trying to learn about a certain profession. The dictionary helps you study a certain theme faster than a normal dictionary would. For instance, if you are in the medical profession, you can learn a lot about the body with images that illustrate many such parts in a single labeled graphic.
A picture dictionary is also great if you want to have a better idea of how certain things work, for instance, you can learn how an engine works based on how various parts are connected to each other. A visual dictionary is also good at helping create a context for words that would be otherwise confusing to you.
Another benefit to learning English through pictures is that it makes mastering vocabulary more interesting. Naturally, we respond better to images than to texts and words. For this reason, you can learn faster if you use a visual dictionary. Therefore, if learning new words through a regular dictionary is not exciting enough for you, you can always start using a picture dictionary to make the process of mastering new vocabulary more interesting for you.
Learn English Vocabulary with Pictures – Example 2
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How to learn vocabulary through pictures with our picture dictionary.
First of all, you should look up a word based on a certain topic, because that is how visual dictionaries are arranged. Once you see an object related to the topic you want, you can explore other words related to it and understand the associations between the words.
So, from following up on a single topic, you can learn several other vocabularies related to it when using a visual dictionary. Therefore, visual dictionaries are great for learning new vocabularies.
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