Oxford University Press has added over 60,000 words and 89,000 meanings with words into its 10th edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.
It has also added an additional 1000 new headwords into the 4th edition of Kamusi ya Kiswahili Sanifu which contains 816 pages.
The new words are meant to sensitize learners on the current usage of words and meanings to improve their writing and reading skills.
The latest editions facilitate better teacher to student interaction with well-illustrated explanations using pictures, diagrams and cross-referencing.
The 10th edition OALD incorporates new words such as mandazi, boda-boda, safari as well as illustrations and features such as the complete learn-at-home package and an advanced vocabulary-building tool.
Additionally, the 4th edition Kamusi ya Kiswahili Sanifu includes scientific and current affairs themes translated to reflect modern-day terminologies such as flash disk (diskimweko) and supreme court (mahakama ya juu).
“Language grows, adapts and continuously evolves as we come up with better words that reflect our society or culture.
The 10th edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and the 4th Edition of the Kamusi ya Kiswahili Sanifu boost the literacy levels of English and Kiswahili learners and speakers, helping them to use both languages effectively in their daily communication,” says OUPEA Regional Director, Mr John Mwazemba.
Through the 10th edition of OALD, users can build their English vocabulary better than ever before with the updated Oxford 3000 which are the most important and useful words to learn in English & Oxford 5000 which is an expanded core word list for advanced learners of English.
In addition, the dictionary sensitises learners and users with new words in English such as circuit breaker, in relation to current affairs such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oxford University Press East Africa has partnered with teachers from secondary and tertiary institutions to encourage the use of the Dictionary and Kamusi as the recommended reference texts for learning English and Kiswahili amongst learners.