Latest update: Bing have changed their links yet again. This is the 4th or 5th time they done it, and I no longer use Bing and will never use it again. I'm trying other online dictinaries like Baidu and Youdao, as well as Jukuu for example sentences.
Update: Since originally writing this article, the Bing dictionary has changed its way of making links for words... again. Which means all the links I originally put into the article don't work any more. And it no longer provides results for the € symbol... at all. Not a single one. So I don't feel Bing is as good as I used to think.
Microsoft's Engkoo/Bing is a great free online resource for ESL students, especially Chinese ones. Dictionary, thesaurus, translator, example sentences, pronunciation audio, even videos. I often put Bing links for words in my posts so that students can get more info on them But like anything in life, Engkoo/Bing is not perfect.
For example I wanted to give a Bing link to my students for €, the symbol for the euro, the common currency of most countries in the EU.
A search on Bing didn't provide a definition or explanation, but it did offer many example sentences, e.g.:
"It is a question of fairness," he said, arguing the public sector had contributed more than €4,000bn in guarantees to help banks.
One difficulty for my students is how to say that symbol €, so I clicked on the little speaker icon at the end of the sentence to hear it pronounced. Try it for yourself!
The pronunciation was fine... until it got to the symbol and numbers. Then it became a disaster.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
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