Collins Revolutionizes Learning Dictionaries With COBUILD App

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Leading publisher launches iPhone and iPad product for advanced American English learners that includes language resources such as sentences, audio pronunciations and context clues

The COBUILD app builds on the success of the print edition and explains the idiosyncrasies of the English language. With usage examples and standard American pronunciations, learners have all the resources they need literally at their fingertips.

As English language learners try to speak more like natives, mastering the nuances and natural usage of the language can be difficult. With the new Collins COBUILD Advanced Dictionary of American English app, it’s easier and quicker than ever to find out how words are really used in normal conversation.

The dictionary app is a premium tool for advanced American English learners because it’s the only one available that incorporates the top features of the Collins COBUILD Advanced Dictionary of American English print edition, which is popular with non-native speakers around the world. The app brings together the best elements of the print edition with functionality only available on Apple devices.

COBUILD provides context for words in addition to meanings, including examples of typical usage, grammar and style. The app functionality offers learners a wealth of resources to further their understanding of the language, including word search, audio pronunciation, favorite lists, thesaurus feature, word webs and partnerships, lists of tricky irregular verbs, style labels and cultural notes.

With more than 146,000 words, meanings and examples, the app provides broad coverage of modern English and gives non-native speakers the ability to understand the language as it is actually spoken and written.

“The COBUILD app builds on the success of the print edition and explains the idiosyncrasies of the English language,” said Elaine Higgleton, Publishing Director Dictionaries & Reference at Collins. “With usage examples and standard American pronunciations, learners have all the resources they need literally at their fingertips. The app brings the authority of COBUILD into the 21st century.”

When the COBUILD print dictionary first launched in the 1980s, it revolutionized dictionaries for learners by creating a new generation of language reference materials. All of the information in the dictionary comes from examples of real English taken from the COBUILD corpus, the largest collection of English data in the world.

The electronic corpus allows Collins dictionary editors to check millions of references to find authentic examples of English in use and determine, for example, which words “go together” and which variations of a word are the most frequently used. With more than 4.5 billion words taken from websites, newspapers, magazines and books, as well as spoken material from radio, TV and conversation, the corpus helps editors analyze the way that people really use the English language.

The COBUILD app is available now for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 5.0 and later. Two versions are available: one for all advanced learners of American English ($24.99) and one specifically for native Japanese speakers ($20.99). Both apps can be found by searching “COBUILD American” in the Apple App Store.

Learn more about the Collins COBUILD Advanced Dictionary of American English app by watching the product video on YouTube.

About Collins Language
Collins Language, an imprint of HarperCollins UK, is one of the world’s leading dictionary and language learning publishers. Founded in 1819 on the principle of “creating knowledge for all” Collins Language continues to offer an exceptionally wide choice for all language needs.

With almost 200 years of dictionary publishing experience, Collins is one of the world’s most authoritative language publishers. By pioneering new approaches to publishing Collins will always provide people with the most up-to-date and accessible dictionaries and language learning products available.

Collins Language’s publishing continues to grow, with over 60 eBooks and hundreds of apps now available, as well as http://www.collinsdictionary.com, the most comprehensive authoritative online dictionary.

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