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Using MyOwnDictionary as a simple Multilanguage dictionary

The main page of MyOwnDictionary.com looks very simple. It contains Search field:

and native Language Selector:

Place mouse cursor over the English word displayed in bold and you will see a menu where your native language can be selected (Russian in our example):

Now you can type some English word (frugal in our example) in the Search field and press theSearch button. After the button is pressed you will see something like this:

The first section give us the search results got from the approprite dictionary (Linguistica 98 in our case) or from the Glosby server (www.glosbe.com) – a huge multilanguage dictionary. The second section contains some word definitions from Wictionary English Dictionary in English. Every word in this section is clickable, so you can see their meanings which are also clickable. This process can be repeated ad infinitum. If you still don't understand the word, you can use a number of external dictionaries. To do this just select one of the several small icons which are placed beneath:

These icons (when one of them is chosen) allow you to see word definitions in the following online dictionaries:

Your own dictionary

To create and use your own English dictionary you have to register (see picture). Log in with your Facebook account (Email and Password) or enter your Name, Last Name, Email, Native Language, then enter a Password you will use, repeat your password in a field Confirm Password and then press Sign Up button.

After the button is pressed you will be sent an Email containing a confirmation link (if you do not see the Email, check Spam folder too). Follow this link. You are now registered and redirected to your own dictionary.

No wonder, however, that you dictionary is still empty. Now it is the time to add words to your dictionary. Let's try to add word frugal. Enter it into the search field and press Search button.

You will see word translations and meanings provided by appropriate ductionary or Glosby server. If you are still in doubt about word meaning, use other dictionaries. If you understand the word, add it to your dictionary. For this purpose press Add Word or text menu item

Then just fill the three fields (of course you do not have to fill all the fields at once - you can fill them later) and press Add button:

After Add button is pressed the word frugal will appear on top in Recently added column:

Every word in Recently Added column is clickable, and you can play with it. When you click the word, it appears in the left column:

Now you can edit the word (change its meaning, add another contexts or mnemonics) or delete it.

Adding Text

In addition to adding single words, you can also add whole texts for further reading and adding individual words. All words in this text will be clickable, so you can find the meaning of every word and then add unknown words to the dictionary. To add a text to the dictionary, choose text in the Add Word selector:

After you select text, only one field text or word context in the Add new word or text form will be visible.

Paste some text here(there is a limitation now: text length can't exceed 50000 symbols) and press Add button. As usual, the title of your text will appear in the righ column but now - with [text] mark:

If you click text name (brussels in our case), it appears in the left column with the same [text] mark. Now you can read the text, find the meaning of every word (all words are clickable), and then add the words you like to the dictionary.