A handy web tool for English learners

I just reinstalled my computer because it was running slow as a wet week.

Anyway, now I’m using Chrome for a browser. I used to be in love with Firefox, but I’m fickle like that. Turns out, Chrome is faster. I switched allegiances.

So I’ve been looking for cool add-ons, and (while looking for something else, actually) came across a really cool dictionary extension for Chrome called Google Dictionary Lookup.

If you install this, you can highlight a word and a definition pops up in a box. This is available in several languages, not just English. Sadly, not Japanese. I just tried it out on a random Wikipedia entry.

I’ll make use of the English version. I come across plenty of words I don’t know. Anyone know of something similar, but in Japanese?

Hey thanks a lot ! You know what, I was so much used of using Firefox Mozilla that I couldn’t thought about changing my browser !
And I didn’t stop wondering everytime why it’s so slow, specially on facebook.
Thanks to you, I found the solution !!
I tried with Google Chrome, and it is perfect !
So much less problems !
Now I’d like to find the dictionary you’re talking about, seems cool :slight_smile: !

Yes, I’m really impressed with Google chrome. I’m quite evangelical about it, in the same way I was evangelical about Firefox after I dumped Internet Explorer.

Yeah quite the same for me :slight_smile:

About that dictionary add on, if anyone else reading this thread studies Japanese, I highly recommend the extension ‘rikaikun’.

Hover over a word on a Japanese language page and you get a definition and reading pop up in a box. Kind of like reading stuff on here… except across the WHOLE web. It’s excellent. I think the Firefox version was called rikaichan or something but I never used that.

I’m sure similar extensions exist for other languages.

I have used rikichan (can’t remember how you spell it now) on Firefox. It was so easy and powerful that I could have real-time conversations with Japanese people about the content of web-pages in Japanese. I just rolled over the headlines and got the sense of the articles from that.

As a result of this thread I am trying out Chrome. It’s so easy to use that my husband suspects it of snooping on my user data. Possibly Google are trying to control my thoughts via my web browsing? Please post your conspiracy theories here.

Ah yes, when it comes to Google, conspiracy theories abound, don’t they? I listened to an interesting program recently on Radio New Zealand, in which Kim Hill interviews Ken Auletta, a guy who’s written a book called ‘Googled: The End Of The World As We Know It’. It was really fascinating.

I haven’t actually read the book yet though.

When I tried Chrome my hard drive started spinning faster and louder than ever it did with Firefox. It was a bit weird so I thought I’d better stick with FF.

I recall you were on Linux Dooo, weren’t you? If so, it ls a valid peace of the conspiracy theory. Browsers may behave differently on diff OS. Please keep it in secret :wink:

peace=>piece. Google should have known what I mean!

I was on Windows (ugh) when I tried Chrome.

I’m using Chrome on Windows 7, on both computers. It’s working really well so far. I love that there is just one box for typing both search terms and urls, without the need for a separate 'google search bar. You end up with more space to view the actual website rather than a screen half filled with bars at the top.

As mentioned, when opening new tabs it is really fast. I didn’t notice that Firefox was slow until I tried Chrome on someone else’s computer.

I had lots of add-ons in Firefox and about every second time I opened it, the browser told me there was an update for one of them, and it took ages to open. Chrome calls add-ons ‘extensions’ but doesn’t do that. It simply updates your extensions in the background.

I’ve only been using Chrome for a week and these are the things I’ve noticed. There may be disadvantages but I haven’t found any yet!

I’ve been using Chrome for many months, but at the beginning there were a lot of complaints that Chrome registers all private data. A German company
SRWare has overworked it and created SRWare Iron. The browser is based on the Chromium-source and offers the same features as Chrome - but without the critical points that the privacy concern. Now I use this version constantly.

You can download this browser here: SRWare Iron - The Browser of the Future

That’s interesting.Thanks junair.

Even if google collects private data, is this a problem in reality?

It could come to problems - in the worst case your data could be sold, then resold, then misused and you could be blackmailed.
Luckily the reality is not so violent because some protective mechanisms do work.

Sorry, for some reason the link I gave you doesn’t work. The podcast can be found by googling ‘Radio New Zealand’ then searching for ‘Ken Auletta’.

Regarding google, anyone can disable cookies and google won’t be able to collect data about you. Besides, that data isn’t about you personally because your cookie isn’t attached to your name, unless you attach your own name to your google account, of course. I take the risk and let them use cookies because search results are based on what I’ve already looked for and what I’ve already found useful. This huge advantage is worth the loss of complete privacy, for me.

I do have issues with what’s available online. That’s not google per se, that’s what other people write about you. Google only indexes those things, which may or may not be true.

The problem I have with google itself is their total disregard for copyright. To the founders, copyright is an impediment to them. They’re keen to protect their own intellectual property, without any regard for that of authors, whose books they want to digitise.

Hello Totoro (my kids love that film!)

Your link worked fine (it’s the built-in LingQ inititiative test, you have to locate and remove the space that LIngQ puts into URLs). It was a very interesting programme.

We Brits are a bit paranoid about security thanks to the novel 1984, which told us that the State was out to control us. We feel slightly affronted that, by and large, the State isn’t that interested in controlling us. [Insert rude comments about the Conservatives / Lib Dems here]

Google don’t seem to be actively evil, just geeky. They do what they can, rather than following a finely-honed business strategy. I doubt they think through what people may do with the information they sell them.

Hello Teapot,

I noticed you Brits are paranoid about security when I was there. Perhaps this is justified. Anyway, I doubt it’s due to the novel 1984 - it’s studied in schools throughout Australasia.

I don’t think the founders of Google are evil either. After all, their motto is ‘Don’t Be Evil’. I do think they’re uninformed about the publishing industry and the influence they’re likely to have on books and editing. It will be interesting to see how that pans out over the next few years as publishing goes from a print to digital transition.

So I failed the LinQ Link Test. I hope it’s not a type of IQ test!