In this article, I am going to talk about the importance of the dictionary, not only for language learners but also for native speakers who want to understand the words deeply. In this article, I have also highlighted the difference between monolingual and the bilingual dictionary, explaining in which cases you should use one or the other tool.

If you think the following text is helpful to you, keep reading!

I want to start this article with some questions:

  1. What is your level of Italian?
  2.  Do you use the dictionary?
  3.  What kind of dictionary do you use?

The dictionary, whether online or on paper, is an essential component in learning languages, not only the foreign ones but also those of origin. It is help without which it is difficult to learn new words and memorize their meanings. Practically, everyone who studies or intends to improve a language needs to resort to it.

I use it constantly, and not only to find the meanings of foreign words, but also to examine the Italian ones. It’s nice to understand the etymology of words, find their synonyms, understand their deep meaning. And it is possible to do all this thanks to a simple tool: the dictionary.

Why should you use the monolingual dictionary?

As I said in my previous article, all the languages, Italian included, are complex and have nuances. If your level is at least intermediate and you can read this text and understand its general meaning, follow my advice. Start browsing through the monolingual dictionary of the language you are learning, in this case, Italian.

Through this tool, you can find not only the meaning of a specific word but also all the ways in which to use it. You will understand how to use a term in context, thanks to the presence of many sentences and examples. And last but not least you will find information on the origin of the word, a detail that will greatly facilitate its memorization. In short, try doing it and you will soon realize how many advantages the use of the monolingual dictionary will bring in learning and improving Italian.


In this article, I wanted to share with you one of the techniques learned during one of the translation courses I attended. Of course, in that case the use of the monolingual dictionary was aimed at finding the best possible translation. You are not going to be a translator, but you can still take advantage of this tool. You can learn all the meanings of a word, the expressions with that term, and you can get a more complete explanation.

And what kind of dictionary do you use in studying foreign languages, the monolingual or bilingual dictionary? Write it in the comments!


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