More than just an encyclopedia. Using Wikipedia as a dictionary

    Hello, Habralyudi!

    Today I want to show that Wikipedia gives us a little more than just an encyclopedia, and many things (such as spelling or translation) can be done without going beyond it :-)

    For example, Wikipedia can be used as a dictionary.

    It's no secret to anyone: for this you just need to open the article you are looking for on the Russian Wikipedia, and then go to the article in the corresponding language in the menu on the left - “In other languages” (interwiki).

    For example, we open the article “ Synchrophasotron ” on Wikipedia , and we learn that in English it is translated as “ Particle accelerator ”, in German - “ Teilchenbeschleuniger ”, and in Ukrainian - “ Fast-track ”.

    Of course, those who say that this LifeHack has flaws will be right:
    • Firstly, some very specialized articles may not appear on Wikipedia. Indeed, although the Russian Wikipedia is the largest Russian-language encyclopedia in the world and contains more than 350,000 articles; some topics, such as classical music, or economics are relatively weak.

    • Also, the articles may not appear in the desired language, especially if we do not translate into English or German, but into a language that is so far less represented on Wikipedia than Russian - for example, Ukrainian.

    • Secondly, although Wikipedia tells us the etymology and pronunciation of the word, we will not receive such purely vocabulary information as declensions, conjugations, etc.

    Therefore, in the general case, of course, it is better to use some kind of professional dictionary, such as Lingvo Online or Promt , and if you are a fan of Wikiprojects, then Wiktionary .

    But, nevertheless, this example shows that Wikipedia gives us even a little more than it originally invested in.

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