Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Online Text tools

There are lots of interesting online text "tools", to help people with their vocabulary, words, spelling and so on. Here are a few online text "tools".

Computer tip: Keep this page open. (If you open the links in another tab or window, you can return to this starting page easily.)

Phraseup* assists you with writing by finding and filling-in the words you can't remember. Sometimes we know what we want to write, the sentence is phrased in our mind, but we can't figure out some of the words we need... Each suggestion is accompanied by definitions, synonyms and translations to other languages. Give phraseup* a try, what are you * for?

Public opinion exercise with phraseup*

To find out what the world thinks, put these phrases into phraseup*

  1. The best thing about Britain is *
  2. British people love * in their free time.
  3. British food is *
  4. Americans spend too much money on *
  5. Australians are extremely *
You can use this tool to count number of web results two given phrases or expressions. It's a great way to proofread a text or to check terms popularity.

Check some phrases with

Which is more commonly used?

  1. If I was you / If I were you
  2. If I had gotten / If I had got
  3. colorful / colourful
  4. city center / city centre
  5. omg / lol
  6. The Beatles / Jesus Christ

100 most common footballers' English words (Oxford Dictionaries Online)
"Fabio Capello, the Italian-born England football manager, was recently reported as saying that he could manage his players with just one hundred words of English... the BBC contacted Oxford Dictionaries for a list of the 100 most common English words... from the wonderful two-billion-word Oxford English Corpus."

Use your mouse to check out the 100 most common footballers' English words.

BBC News: 100 words of English
Visit this BBC news article to answer these quiz questions:

  1. According to the Oxford English Corpus, what are the five most commonly used words in English?
  2. According to Fiona Douglas, how many words do advanced learners of English have?
  3. According to Susie Dent, how many active words does the average native English speaker use?

New words @ Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Have a look at new fresh words entering the English language, usually a few every week!

Spelling Game: Word Challenge (Oxford Dictionaries Online)
Try this spelling game. It's good fun! (but you need Flash)

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