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The New Idiom Dictionary is Live!

Monday, June 30th, 2008

For the past couple of weeks I have been hard at work creating the framework for an Idiom dictionary for Tomisimo.

Why do idioms matter?

An idiom is a word or phrase that does not mean what it says literally, such as telling an actor to “break a leg“.

You can search the idiom dictionary in Spanish or English to find an idiom and (hopefully) get an equivalent idiom in the other language, or browse the idioms alphabetically in Spanish or in English.

Anyone who is a member of Tomisimo can also contribute idioms, translations and comment on each idiom page. If you’re not a member, now’s the time to sign up for a free account.

Special thanks go out to Rusty and Gemma who spent a lot of time testing the interface while I was developing it, and in the process entered literally hundreds of idioms and sayings.

This is a work in progress, so if you have any suggestions for improvement or see something that’s not working properly, please let me know in the comments so it can be fixed immediately.

Daily Spanish Word

Friday, April 18th, 2008

After many months of thought, I’ve taken the plunge and have started a “Word of the Day” feature called the Daily Spanish Word. It will be a little bit of work to write this every day, but I’m hoping it will useful to many of you who are learning Spanish.

On the technical side, I will choose a beginner to intermediate level Spanish word and then give the translation(s) for it in English, it’s gender, and then finish with a sample sentence, exemplifying its use. The sentence will also be translated into English, for easier understanding of the sentence if needed.

I will try to use additional, more advanced vocabulary and syntactic structures in the example sentence to make the daily word more relevant for more advanced learners. And given that the sample sentence is in both languages, hopefully it will be of benefit to learners of English as well.

Enjoy, and if you have any comments or suggestions, leave them here or on the forums.

Happy August 24th!

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Happy Birthday Tomísimo Blog!!!
It’s been one year to the day since I kicked off posting on this blog. My first attempt was an uninteresting update on the Tomísimo logo, but since then I think I’ve been able to post at least a few useful things for you all.

I’ve sifted through all 113 posts from the last 365 days and the following are the cream of the crop, the most helpful posts of the year.

  1. Five common mistakes that English speakers make when learning Spanish.

  2. Seven tips for foreign language learning success.

  3. The right way to use a bilingual dictionary.

  4. Focus on learning the Spanish you’re interested in.

  5. The 24 most useful Spanish words you can learn.

  6. Nine vital factors in language learning.

  7. Have you got attitude?

  8. The one most important thing you can do to learn a foreign language.

  9. Memory tricks to help you learn vocabulary.

  10. Eleven way to learn Spanish or any other foreign language.

Here’s to hoping (and knowing) this coming year will be even better than this last one.

The Dictionary’s Getting Better

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

I’ve been busy making a few improvements around here. You can now:

  • Conjugate Spanish verbs by clicking the [conjugate] link beside them (it actually works now!) or by typing conj:someverb in the search box.
  • Automatically look up the word you were searching for in the RAE, Merriam-Webster dictionary and on by clicking the links at the bottom of the search results page.
  • Get corrections if you mis-type a word. The search now offers a spelling suggestion at the top of the results if it detects a misspelled word.

I just wanted to mention these to you all so I could get your opinion of them– and if you think of any other things I could add to make the place better and easier to use, please let me know.

Do you like the new look?

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

An English version of the following is after the jump.

Tengo ya como tres semanas trabajando duro, parece que cada momento libre lo dedico a terminar este nuevo diseño para Tomísimo que ves aquí. Estoy muy animado porque me gusta como está quedando, y aunque faltan todavía algunas cosas que terminar, todo se va a ver bien. Pero quería preguntarte a ti ¿qué tal se ve? Si tienes alguna sugerencia, no dudes en ofrecérmela, quiero mejorar esto aún más.

Si notas algo del sitio que no funciona, o si tienes algún problema, por favor díme, que quiero arreglarlo.

Y por último, si no estabas aquí hace cuatro años cuando empecé este sitio, aquí te va cómo se veía.

Original Tomísimo design

I’ve been hard at work for the last few weeks putting the finishing touches on this new design you see around here. It’s been hard work, but it’s worth it because I really think it looks sharp. Of course, a few things still need to be done, and hopefully I haven’t broken anything important. But hey- enough about me- what do you think of it? Is it an OK design?

I think the site has come a long way since I first started it back in 2003. Here’s a screenshot from 2004 for all you history fanatics out there.

If you have any comments or even more importantly, if you see anything that’s broken or not working right, please do let me know in the comments below or via email.