If you have a mac you will know that what comes with it is the default dictionary, something I’ve always loved. This was not so with the iPhone/iPad and iOS devices, or that’s what I thought anyway. Perhaps you already know this workaround or perhaps you have been living under a rock for a while like me.
Anyway here goes, open the default note app on your iOS device and write a word, I have used the word dictionary as I thought it appropriate. Highlight and select the word.

Scroll along until you come to define and select, at this point at the bottom left corner you will see manage select it and a page of dictionaries will appear for you to download.

The next time you define a word it will appear automatically. On the mac with a workaround I was able to add an English-Italian dictionary, I don’t see that being the case here, although I haven’t looked around much. If there’s anyone out there who does, give me a shout!



As if you really wanted to know! When I read other people’s posts on the same subject I often pick something new that I didn’t know about or use what I have differently. I may not do either of that for you if you are a hard core app user, but as tablets become more popular there are a lot of people just starting out, so this may help them.
My screen may not do justice as some of the apps are hidden in folders but I will go through what I personally use and how I use it:
Probably one of the most useful apps I have and have been using since it was first released is Dropbox I was able to knock up over 20GB free as it was unheard of years ago so I managed to earn quite a lot through referrals, I did have a lot more with a Samsung phone I used to have, 70GB but unfortunately that only lasted a year so I had to move things around after that as my quota was getting really full. For that I use Google Drive which gives me 15GB I have an extra 10GB as I downloaded Quick Office I did not use the app after downloading as I found it lagged as I do with the official Google Drive app. I have opted for Gdrive and it seems to work well for me so far.
Coming back to Dropbox, my photos are automatically synced there, but I am now also syncing photos to Flickr unfortunately there is no iPad app for this, which is unbelievable, and the iPhone app is very basic. The best thing about Flickr is it gives you 1 terabyte of cloud space, not bad eh! Perhaps you didn’t know that! I could not live without Dropbox, but I really wish it had some management system so you can find things easier, mine seems a bit of a mess..
Pocket is my favourite save later app, I am forever scouring the web, when I find something of interest that’s where it goes in my pocket so to speak, the great thing about pocket is that you can access it from anywhere, via web, smartphone or tablet, and it covers them all (or almost) please don’t tell me it doesn’t cover what you have because in that case I will tell you you don’t have the right equipment!

Flipboard is another must have, it really is a unique newsreader, and you make it your own by choosing what you want to read, you can even make your own magazines and personalize them, great stuff!
I use other apps from Readdle mainly printer pro, scanner pro and Documents, some of these apps you may find you have to pay for, I was lucky and got some of them free when on offer.
I think this names my hard core productivity apps, although I do use others which I will talk about in my next post, if that is anyone read this one. I would also be interested to know what you use?




Get fit in English…Online
How To Learn English!

Here are some tips which may help you to master the English Language!

Speak without Fear

The biggest problem most people face in learning a new language is their own fear. They worry that they won’t say things correctly or that they will look stupid so they don’t talk at all. Don’t do this. The fastest way to learn anything is to do it – again and again until you get it right. Like anything, learning English requires practice. Don’t let a little fear stop you from getting what you want.

Use all of your Resources

Even if you study English at a language school it doesn’t mean you can’t learn outside of class. Using as many different sources, methods and tools as possible, will allow you to learn faster. There are many different ways you can improve your English, so don’t limit yourself to only one or two. The internet is a fantastic resource for virtually anything, but for the language learner it’s perfect.

Surround Yourself with English

The absolute best way to learn English is to surround yourself with it. Take notes in English, put English books around your room, listen to English language radio broadcasts, watch English news, movies and television. Speak English with your friends whenever you can. The more English material that you have around you, the faster you will learn and the more likely it is that you will begin “thinking in English.” .

Listen to Native Speakers as Much as Possible

There are some good English teachers that have had to learn English as a second language before they could teach it. However, there are several reasons why many of the best schools prefer to hire native English speakers. One of the reasons is that native speakers have a natural flow to their speech that students of English should try to imitate. The closer ESL / EFL students can get to this rhythm or flow, the more convincing and comfortable they will become.

Watch English Films and Television

This is not only a fun way to learn but it is also very effective. By watching English films (especially those with English subtitles) you can expand your vocabulary and hear the flow of speech from the actors. If you listen to the news you can also hear different accents.

Listen to English Music

Music can be a very effective method of learning English. In fact, it is often used as a way of improving comprehension. The best way to learn though, is to get the lyrics (words) to the songs you are listening to and try to read them as the artist sings. There are several good internet sites where one can find the words for most songs. This way you can practice your listening and reading at the same time. And if you like to sing, fine.

Study As Often As Possible!

Only by studying things like grammar and vocabulary and doing exercises, can you really improve your knowledge of any language.

Record Yourself

Nobody likes to hear their own voice on tape but like tests, it is good to compare your tapes from time to time. You may be so impressed with the progress you are making that you may not mind the sound of your voice as much.

Listen to English

By this, we mean, speak on the phone or listen to radio broadcasts, audiobooks or CDs in English. This is different than watching the television or films because you can’t see the person that is speaking to you. Many learners of English say that speaking on the phone is one of the most difficult things that they do and the only way to improve is to practice.

p.s Learn English Online converse or chat with native speakers via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter you will enrich your vocabulary and learn new words.





I’m pretty hopeless at reading books, but my brain tends to fill up with bits and bobs I’ve read on the web, in magazines , in ads on the underground and elsewhere. This blog has become abandoned, although still read by what seems like quite a few people, past posts were interesting, but now I have become uninteresting as time and want has not been on my side. My plan is to give the whole blog a facelift and write regularly, about basically what goes on in my life. This can range from teaching, my passion for technology, cats, photography, travelling, my autistic adult son, my mother with Alzheimer’s and anything else which makes me tick. it may bring a different audience, it may bring no-one, who knows, whatever!

The life and times..