영어 공부를 도와주는 사전, Wordnik!

Posted at 2009.06.11 14:49// Posted in english






영어 공부를 도와주는 사전, Wordnik


여러분은 모르는 단어를 찾으실 때 어떤 사전을 이용하시나요? 네이버 사전? Wikipedia? Dictionary.com? 아마 많은 종류의 사전들을 사용하고 있겠죠. 하지만 단어를 찾다보면 아무리 찾아봐도 의미가 안 나오는 단어도 있고, 약어나 슬랭 같은 경우 사전에서 찾아도 나오지 않죠. 그래서 단어를 알고 싶은데도 그럴 수 없는 경우가 많습니다. 외국인과 채팅할 때는 어떨까요? 그 친구가 갑자기 자신들만의 은어로 말했을 때 급하게 사전을 찾아봤지만 찾을 수 없다구요?


이런 일들이 많은 사람들을 위해서 새로운 사전 사이트가 나왔습니다. 사실 그냥 사전이라기 하기보다는 약간 복합적인 기능을 가지고 있는 종합사전?이라고 하는게 더 좋을 것 같군요. Wordnik은 이런 고민들을 해결하기 위해 나온 듯한 사전입니다. 처음 메인 화면 부터 부담스럽지 않고 오히려 아기 자기한 느낌을 주는 이 Wordnik은 자신있게 'all the words'를 제공한다고 말하고 있습니다. 그렇다면 이렇게 포부가 큰 Wordnik의 기능은 어떨까요?

Wordnik은 어떠한 단어라도 어떠한 문장이라도 의미를 제공합니다. 설령 의미를 찾지 못하더라도 실생활에서 사용되는 예문들을 출력해줌으로써 간접적으로라도 의미를 알 수 있게 합니다. 어떻게 이런 것이 가능할까요?

Wordnik은 단순히 단어의 의미만 출력해주지 않기 때문에 이러한 기능이 가능합니다. Wordnik은 작은 블로그인 Twitter 과 연계하여 Twitter에서 다른 유저들이 쓴 결과들이 함께 출력됩니다. 또한 사진 공유 사이트인 Flickr 와 연계하여 관련 이미지 역시 출력해줍니다.  

그럼 이제 그 결과들을 볼까요? 방금 NYTimes 기사에서 나온 단어 Cul-de-sac을 쳐보겠습니다.


이런 화면이 뜨며 결과가 출력됩니다. 결과창은 Examples, Definitions, Statistics, Tags, Etymologics, Images From Flickr, Prounanciation으로 구성되어 있습니다. 하나하나 알아보도록 하죠.



1. Examples


Examples 에 나오는 결과들은 이렇습니다.

1-1. REAL TIME FROM TWITTER
작은 블로그인 트위터에서 유저들이 나눈 대화에서 결과를 가져옵니다. 따라서 은어라든지 슬랭이라든지 심지어 욕이라도 예를 출력해줄 수 있습니다. 따라서 그냥 영어가 아닌 생활 영어 및 실전 영어 단어를 알 수 있다는 장점이 있습니다.

1-2. RELATED WORDS
동의어와 반대어 등을 나타내어 줍니다. 여기서는 동의어로 blind alley와 dead end가 나오는군요.












2. Definitions

Definitions에서는 사전의 주 기능인 뜻이 나옵니다.

여러가지 사전에서 의미를 찾을 수 있고 기본적으로는 Webster와 Century, American Heritage Dictionary가 등록되어있으며 다른 사전 역시 임의로 추가할 수 있습니다.

3. Statistics

여기서는 빈도수를 측정해서 보여줍니다. 자주 찾는 단어라든지 자주 안 찾는 단어인지 알 수 있게 그래프로 보여줍니다.

4. Tags

말 그대로 태그입니다.

5. Etymologies

단어가 나온 어원을 설명해줍니다. Cul-de-sac같은 경우는 구프랑스어와 라틴에서 나왔다고 하는군요. 상당히 유용한 기능인 것 같습니다.









6. Images From Flickr

검색하는 단어의 따른 이미지를 보여줍니다. 굳이 영어로 이해하기 어렵더라도 이미지를 보면서 단어 뜻을 유추할 수 있습니다.


7. Pronunciations

단어의 발음을 들을 수 있고 자신이 직접 녹음 할 수도 있습니다.











어떤가요? Wornik 상당히 괜찮지 않나요? 아직 Beta 서비스이니 좀더 나아지는 모습을 기대해봅시다.


Wordnik홈페이지 : http://www.wordnik.com

















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  1. 2009.07.12 02:28 신고 [Edit/Del] [Reply]
    저는 나오지 않는 단어나 슬랭 같은 거 나오면 urbandictionary 를 애용했는데 여기도 괜찮은 것 같네요. ^^
  2. 2009.11.01 22:22 신고 [Edit/Del] [Reply]
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Posted at 2009.05.04 09:52// Posted in english

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