The Old Paper Dictionary has a New Online Avatar: Bee Dictionary

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Online dictionary lookup is bound to change with new Bee English Dictionary (BeeDictionary.com) user interface (or UI). This online dictionary has redefined requirements for an online dictionary.

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You start looking for ‘excelant’. While other dictionaries will get confused by your query, Bee Dictionary will take you to excel and excellent (the correct one), just five lines below, exactly in the same way your old dictionary would have done.

Folks often browse a hardbound dictionary without specifically looking for words. They flip through pages and pages of dictionary just for fun. People match letter for letter, as they thumb down a paper dictionary, looking for a specific word. So what happens to this fun with the advent of online dictionaries? Has technology taken away all the fun?

Bangalore based company Gyankosh Solutions says that it has solved this problem with the launch of an online dictionary with a nice and clever user interface; the interface works exactly like the venerable old dictionary. Gyankosh launched Bee English Dictionary with an intuitive interface that has since become a rage in the Internet community and in academic circles. With more than 1,000,000 searches already, it has quickly become the preferred online English dictionary of North America, UK, Spain, Italy and France.

With this launch, Gyankosh hopes to answer this question, among others: What if one remembers only the first few letters and is unsure of the rest? Online dictionaries like dictionary.com and Oxford Online have their limitation when it comes to searching for words. It is chiefly because of copying the user interface-or UI-of search engines like Google and Yahoo!.

Says Babita Dubey, Director, Gyankosh Solutions, “Say, for example, you are fuzzy about the spelling of ‘excellent’; unsure of whether there is single ‘l’ or a double ‘l’, and whether it is 'ent' or 'ant' at the end. You start looking for ‘excelant’. While other dictionaries will get confused by your query, Bee Dictionary will take you to excel and excellent (the correct one), just five lines below; exactly the way your old dictionary would have done. Not only that, Bee Dictionary throws a hint at the top, suggesting: you meant ‘excellent’, didn’t you?”

“And the cool interface is just one of the reasons for the preferred choice”, explains Babita. “Bee English Dictionary comes loaded with features like phonetics, pronunciations, synonyms, antonyms and contextual usages of the words. Since the user interface affords the look and feel as in a hardbound dictionary that one would have at home, for a person transitioning from paper dictionary to an online dictionary, the experience would be seamless. Equally, for a person used to the unpleasant rigor of single word lookup format of current online dictionaries, this will be a welcome and invigorating experience.”

Continues Babita,”What do folks do once they are done with their word search? They probably try to add the word to their active vocabulary. In facilitating this user process, Bee Dictionary wins hands down against its competitors. Users can create their own word lists and play them online as flash cards from anywhere. They can even watch their word acquisition progress with Bee Dictionary’s word level indicator.”

Given these features, is it a wonder that free Bee Dictionary has become the buzz of the bloggers’ world, the toast of the aficionados in the developers’ world?

Babita concludes tongue in cheek, “Don’t take our word for it. Go find your word in the free Bee Dictionary.”

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