Which do you prefer, paper dictionary or online dictionary, please?

China
October 27, 2009 8:18am CST
Hello dear mylot friends, I have a few English dictionaries, but I have a preference for online dictionary as it is much more convenient to look up a word. I am wondering whether you use more of your paper dictionary or online dictionary. Which do you prefer, paper dictionary or online dictionary, please? Thank you in advance for your response. All the best to you, friends. Love from williamjisir
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Sep 11
I use online dictionary whenever I get a doubt while browsing the net. But if I get a doubt while reading books or newspapers invariably I refer paper dictionary. it is convenient to read that -- we can see related words. We are meeting for the first time in mylot. good day.
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• China
29 Sep 11
Hello ravisivan. Thank you for your response to this discussion. Each time when I work in the office and at home with the computer on, I always use the online dictionary. It is now a habit of mine, hehe. Take care, friend.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I'm beginning to really appreciate the online dictionary and use it quite often. I do have the traditional dictionary but don't use it much. The online dictionary is free and it updates for you. There's more words added all the time.
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• China
28 Oct 09
It is true that there are more words added to it all the time. Some of the words that cannot be found in a paper dictionary can be found online because its frequent update. Take care, friend.
@youless (91098)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Oct 09
This is a good question. When I was a student, I had different types of dictionaries and they were very useful for me. Today since the computer is popular and therefore it seems it is much more convenient to look up the word from the dictionary software. However, I realize that sometimes the explanation is not correct or in details. So if people want to study a foreign language well rather than just looking up the meaning, then I still recommend the traditional paper dictionary. I love China
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• China
28 Oct 09
Hello youless. I agree with you that traditional paper dictionary has its advantages. It cannot be neglected. Just today some of my students bought some good Advanced Oxford English Dictionaries. It is good for them to use it in their study as they cannot use the Internet as much as we teachers can. So a paper dictionary is a very good tool for them.
@solson (406)
27 Oct 09
I prefer paper dictionary. I feel like it really gets my mind working and i remember the definition. I feel that if i take the time to get up get the dictionary flick through the pages to find the word i am looking for that i will remember it a lot better than if i just type it in on a computer. Also i have found for some odd reason that computer dictionaries dont have every word in it. Its kind of strange.
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• China
27 Oct 09
Hello solson. I agree with you that a good paper dictionary has a lot of definitions for words. I used to use it a lot, but now I seem to use more of online dictionary in my case for some new words I encounter. Take care, friend.
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@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
I actually use both the hard copy dictionary and the online one. If my computer is on, I will just check the word online, but when it is off, I find it easier to just flip the pages of the dictionary instead of turning my computer on. Both are helpful. enjoy!
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• China
27 Oct 09
Hello manong. Right that they are both useful to us. In fact, I use them both, but if my computer is on, I usually use online dictionary for it convenience. Take care, friend.
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@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 09
Hi Williamjisir, Yes, if using online dictionary, it's more convenient to use when we are online, and no need take the time to flip through page to page, just for a difficult word. But, it's quite troublesome if i on the computer just to search for the word, when i am not online. So, i think it's depend on the situation, if we are online, then online dictionary is more convenient to us at that particular time. But, when we are offline, then paper dictionary is still the most useful at that time. Anyway, i always bring along my pocket dictionary, when i go traveling, so i can always refer to it whenever i came across a difficult word.
• China
9 Nov 09
It so happens that I also like to bring with me a pocket English dictionary when I travel because I have been trying to memorize more English words.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 09
Yes, it's also a good way to upgrade our English words whenever we have the opportunity to learn, while traveling. So, never limit yourself from learning English words....
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• China
17 Nov 09
Yeah, that is why I have always been trying to enlarge my vocabulary in every possible way available to me.
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Oct 09
I've been used to the paper dictionary since i was in grade school. I enjoyed and really had fun finding the words and selecting the best meaning but when dictionary became available online-- i will make my life easier this time for using the online dictionary.
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• China
27 Oct 09
Thanks to the Internet, we can enjoy so much convenience out of it. Good day, my dear friend.
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Oct 09
Yes, let's make learning simple and easy and maximize the use of the new technology.
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• China
27 Oct 09
Exactly, this is what I am doing when I use the Internet.
@swn_chik (266)
• India
30 Jul 10
I think I'm to used to paper dictionary but given I chance I 'll go for online dictionary because I think its more convenient to use compared to the paper dictionary.We can just type the word and get it meaning and all that stuff related to the word.We do also get meaning of the words in paper dictionary but it takes time and as for the online dictionary We get the meaning of the words in one go.
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• China
8 Aug 10
I agree that online dictionary is much faster when we look up the word we are searching. That is one of the main reasons I prefer it. Thank you for responding, swn_chik. Have a good day.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
27 Sep 11
Whenever I am not having internet connection then the easy way is to keep a small oxford dictionary in your bag so that you can refer it any time with ease. good day.
• India
6 Dec 09
Hello my friend williamjisir Ji, I would go for paper dictionary Collins or webster, I have both and at times tehy do serve my purpose. May God bless You and have great time.
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• China
6 Dec 09
Morning, my dear friend. I see that you like them both. In fact, it is the same with me when using either kind of dictionary based on which is available to me. If I happen to be online, I use more of the online dictionary and vice versa. Enjoy your wonderful day.
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• India
6 Dec 09
Hello my friend williamjisir Ji, Very Good Morning Sir.It denotes 0457 hrs at my computer on Monday 07-Dec-09. But you must have got very much su-shining by now. Our retirement life is same on all days. May God bless YOu an dhave graet time.
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@msinfo79 (325)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I still use my good old trusty Websters or Oxford dictionaries as opposed to the internet ones, only because of convenience. My dictionaries are right at hand, while the internet ones I have to wait on uploading my computer, the the web browser etc.
• China
17 Nov 09
Thank you for the comment, dear msinfo. Take care.
@msinfo79 (325)
• United States
19 Nov 09
anytime sweetie. Your welcome. Have a blessed day.
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@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
28 Oct 09
I'd vouch for the online version. It tends to be more comprehensive. I've come across a lot of dictionaries that are too small or that leave out a lot of stuff. The online dictionaries are very comprehensive so I prefer those.
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@MrKennedy (1994)
28 Oct 09
I definitely agree. Certain dictionaries can be too small and leave out many words, and others are just too thick to find whatever word you are looking for in a hurry. I also prefer online dictionaries because it's updated automatically, yet whenever a new word is added to hard copies of dictionaries, you need to buy another one.
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• China
19 Nov 09
Hello friends. I am so happy to know that you are happy with the online dictionaries with their advantages. I wish you to enjoy them as much as you do. Happy posting.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
27 Oct 09
Hi williamjisir, I always use books rather than online dictionaries. I keep quite a few but find the Oxford ones the best. After that it would be Collins. I have the large size ones for the house but when I go out I often throw the Collins pocket dictionary in my bag for easy reference if I need a word I don't know.
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• China
30 Oct 09
Hello thea. I have four copies of Advanced Oxford English Dictionary and I find it very helpful in my English study. The first dictionary of mine is now very old and I am still using it in the office if I do not use the online dictionary.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
30 Oct 09
Good choice. They are excellent for Greek too.
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@ptrikha_2 (7987)
• India
30 Jul 12
Earlier I used to had more use of a paper dictionary. However, now I lookup Online dictionary websites like that of Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com more.
• United States
8 Aug 10
Although with the paper dictionary you don't need to worry if the electricity goes out.....the online dictionary is much more convenient. So I myself prefer online dictionaries it removes the hassle of flipping pages =]
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• China
9 Aug 10
Hello jesenia. Thank you for the response. Have a good day.
• China
16 Nov 09
i aways reading on line,when i met difficult words i'd like to looking for on line ,it's convenience to use ,while not on line i also use paper dictionary .
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• China
17 Nov 09
Yeah, it can be either way based on the situation. Thank you, xx. Take care.
@KrauseHome (35026)
• United States
12 Nov 09
For the most part I still most of the time use a regular dictionary when it comes to looking up words and such, but I have been known to look online. Just most of the time I guess I am too busy writing things, and such when online to ever bother looking up the meaning of something for sure.
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• China
12 Nov 09
Hello Tina. I thank you so much for the response. Have a good day.
@lyzabelle (1668)
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Whenever I'm online i used dictionaries that is available on line. But when I'm offline...i still want to read my old dictionary. It has been with me since high school and college days.
• China
10 Nov 09
Yeah, I also have a very old dictionary. I have been using it for more than twenty years old and I still use it as my office copy though I use the online dictionary as well. Thank you, friend.
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
9 Nov 09
I guess I'm old-fashioned because I mainly use my paper dictionary. I keep it at my computer desk with all my writing supplies, so it's always easy access to it. I use an online dictionary sometimes, but I usually always seem to go for my paper one.
• China
10 Nov 09
Hello Flight. So nice to read your response. Yes, I see that you are used to paper dictionary as can be seen from the words between. It is a habitual action when we prefer to use what we give options to. Have a beautiful day, friend.
@freerr (667)
• China
9 Nov 09
Both of that are good, and both of that are bad at the same time. Only have a online dictionary, you must keeping the pc up and stair at the screen all the time. But only have a paper dictionary, the effience is not very high.
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• China
10 Nov 09
I agree that either one has its advantages and disadvantages. lol. Thank you and take care, friend.
• United States
6 Nov 09
Although I use both, my preference is a paper dictionary. Both give the information you need, but I would rather look the word up in a book.
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• China
7 Nov 09
I see. It is a habitual action when we intend to do something. Thank you, my dear friend. Have a good day.