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CrankyM

Is there such a thing? I’m after a dictionary that explains words without using complicated language. But isn’t a little kids dictionary. The UK Oxford Primary dictionary seems to be the closest I can find but of course hard to get in Australia. The Australian version seems to use more complex language. It’s for an 11yr old but he has a language and literacy delay. He’s open to investigating new language and terms and what’s to know what things mean but we always seem to fall into this put of a dictionary using more complex language to explain something. 
 

Ideas? I live remote so we don’t exactly have a bookstore locally. I’d usually order from overseas but seeing how it’s been 9 weeks plus for the last book I ordered from overseas I would prefer someone in Australia that has stock. And provides images that I can use assess if it would be suitable. 

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seayork2002

Macquarie dictionary is the one we have

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MsLaurie

Does Macquarie still do their Junior Dictionary? The one that has the alphabet running along the bottom of the page? 

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Paddlepop
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My DD has the Australian Primary Oxford Dictionary 4th edition. It seems pretty simple and straighforward. Oddly enough she no longer requires a dictionary at school. The school just doesn't use them. Seems weird to me. 

https://textbooks.zookal.com.au/products/australian-primary-oxford-dictionary-9780195597431?variant=33780978253956&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI07P9l9246gIVW38rCh2eZwaAEAkYBSABEgLMefD_BwE

https://www.oup.com.au/primary/dictionaries

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Paddlepop

Happy to take photos of some of the pages and PM them to you if you can't find any online. 

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BornToLove

DD has the Oxford primary dictionary PP linked. We got hers at Officeworks. 
 

Would a tool like grammarly be useful? It will point out when you use overly complex and wordy sentences, misunderstood words, passive voice vs active voice etc? 

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CrankyM
8 hours ago, BornToLove said:

Would a tool like grammarly be useful? It will point out when you use overly complex and wordy sentences, misunderstood words, passive voice vs active voice etc? 

At this point no. His writing is appalling. There are so many syntax and grammar issues. If he doesn’t have his dysgraphia diagnosis confirmed I will be completely shocked. I’d love for him to just use a few complex words. But it all turns into a tangle of words. I’m in the process of sourcing a specialist literacy tutor (vis zoom) for him. The psychologist I spoke to with SPELD has recommended he use a dictionary during reading every day and spend 5mins identifying words he not sure about. And get into the routine of looking up words he’s not sure about rather then pretending it’s all ok and not bothering to ask for help. Because dyslexia and a mild/moderate delay are also factors. 

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blimkybill

I just had a look at Kids Wordsmyth, it looks fairly useful for a free online tool. It also reads the word aloud so he could check pronunciation. 

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