Can a electric dictionary replace a paper dictionry?

@mari123 (1862)
China
September 21, 2007 8:57am CST
i don't like Electronic dictionary, it is more like instant food, which can fill of your stomach,butis short of nutritional elements .Maybe i still keep a kind of feeling in my heart that we ought to accompany with Paper dictionary instead of electronic products. it feels more like a waste of time to me when i use it. what's your opinion about this? thanks a lot!
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@ggaaiill (196)
• Philippines
22 Sep 07
In my case, I still use both. Both have some advantages. Electronic dictionary can give you an updated information. Clear pictures that you can print. Easy search for the things you are looking for. On the other hand paper base dictionary will work, even there is a power shortage.
• United States
1 Oct 07
I agree with you. I use both also. However, I am teaching my kids how to use a paper dictionary first. Then they can use an electronic one. Looking up words is good exercise for them.
@raychill (6571)
• United States
21 Sep 07
I use the Merriam-Webster dictionary constantly. I use it online. www.m-w.com. I don't think it's really an different than if I picked up a dictionary and looked at it...so I can't quite see where you are coming from to be honest. I think, if you're talking user submitted dictionary than sure...we don't want to only rely on electronic dictionaries. But I think if a paper dictionary is online, there is no real difference.
@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I agree, that is the best online dictionary that I know of. Generally all the others are smaller and the definitions are not as clear.
• Romania
21 Sep 07
Hello mari123. I think you are wrong. Have you ever tried a profesional English dictionary, for example ? It can help a lot, even the exerienced peoples can learn some thing and an electronic dictionary is much easier to acces, to search and to carry on. My opinion. :P
@060157 (1060)
• Pakistan
21 Sep 07
i totally agree with you
@cdcale (89)
• Singapore
22 Sep 07
I think they are a lot more convenient, and faster to use than a normal dictionary. However, they might not provide as much information or be as clear as a paper dictionary, therefore paper dictionaries will never be replaced.
@unuzzz (1274)
• Indonesia
22 Sep 07
hi mari123 i don't think an electric dictionary will replace a paper dictionary in some tasks, the electric dictionary has been really helpful to me it makes me easier to find the word i'm looking for even if it seemed i prefer an electronic one now, i still keep my paper dictionary in my desk thanks a lot ^^
• Finland
22 Sep 07
I don't think a electronics dictinary will replace a paper one. Most of the teenagers prefer the former one, but the older generation not coz to some extent, the paper dictionary remind them of the good old days. I am 70's so I use both. The electronics dictionary is more convenient, but the paper version should be kept too.
@jmbauer (43)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I use 'Merriam-Webster Online' quite frequently. It's a matter of convenience--on the whole, I'm much more likely to be closer to an electronic dictionary than a paper one. The only disadvantage I noticed was the absence of a sure way to determine the correct pronunciation of the word in question; but M-W's audio pronunciation guide has rectified this, making me indifferent to the medium I use to improve my grasp of the English language.
@060157 (1060)
• Pakistan
21 Sep 07
i have never preferred using electric dictionary as it is a good practice to use paper dictionary if you want to learn english because when you are searching the dictionary for a particular word, you come across other words too and improve your vocabulary even more. this benefit cannot be gained using the electronic dictionary. although i won't call using an electronic dictionary a 'waste of time' and i don't understand why you said that either because electronic dictionary also gets the job done and also saves up a little bit of your time. i'd say that using the paper dictionary is good yet i won't stop someone from using an electronic dictionary. it's our own choice.
@youless (86614)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Sep 07
I don't think an electric dictionary will replace the paper dictionary. It is no doubt that it'll be convenient to look up a word from the electric dictionary. However, if you really want to learn English well, I suggest you must look up from a paper dictionary, especially from the big dictionary. When you are looking up a word from the paper dictionary, in fact it will give you a deeper impression to remember the new word.
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
21 Sep 07
I love paper dictionary as much as you do. Because we can find as many examples as we can in a paper dictionary. An electric dictionary is convenient, but not so many examples.