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The Best Language Tools for Geeks

The Best Language Tools for Geeks
SExpand No matter your command of the English language, we all have trouble defining, pronouncing, or even remembering certain words, which makes writing tough. Here are some of the best tools to help you out.P We talked about online language tools for nerds a couple years ago, and today we're revisiting it with newer and better options. This list isn't exhaustive, but it's some of our favorite tools we've found—and even make use of on a daily basis—to help in our writing.P DefinitionsP By far the easiest way to define a word quickly is to look it up in Google, using the define operator. If you want something a little more detailed, you can hit up Google Dictionary and search for your word there. If you're looking up several words at a time, previously mentioned Ninjawords is a pretty awesome tool, as it doesn't refresh after each new word lookup, it just adds it to an ever-growing list. Spelling and GrammarP Lastly, a neat crowdsourcing grammar tool called deserves mention.

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Geek Genius photo: Harshit Sekhon Tired of spending big bucks every time Apple (AAPL) releases a new version of your go-to gadget? (Hint: this happens every year). Then stop. FocusWriter - Gott Code About FocusWriter is a simple, distraction-free writing environment. It utilizes a hide-away interface that you access by moving your mouse to the edges of the screen, allowing the program to have a familiar look and feel to it while still getting out of the way so that you can immerse yourself in your work. It’s available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, and has been translated into many different languages.

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Task-based grammar teaching By Lindsay Clandfield Lindsay Clandfield provides tips and ideas for task-based grammar teaching. Introduction One approach to teaching language that has attracted a lot of attention over the past twenty-five years is a task based approach to learning and teaching. In task-based approaches, the focus of classroom activities is on the task, and ultimately on meaning (for more on Task Based Teaching and Learning, see the Methodology section). In Jane Willis’ flexible model for task-based learning, learners begin by carrying out a communicative task, without specific focus on form.

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