17 October 2010

Telling Stories

From words to word clouds (see previous posts), words give us the power to tell stories. Stories can be factual, like in the daily news, or fictional, such as Ali Baba. 

The best of all stories, however, are our own stories. Everyone has stories in their lives. Some stories may be part of a country's or community's history, or simply our very own experience in life. Our stories may be from our daily encounters with others or stories we dream up in our minds. 

Stories are always magical; filled with lots of adjectives, verbs, nouns, their magic wraps the reader in a world apart. Sometimes though, we may get stuck with words. Perhaps we can't find the right word which expresses the right meaning or image we want to convey. Besides online dictionaries (which I have already mentioned in my first posting), there are other tools which come to our rescue for words - Wordia and wordnik. 

Both are free and both need you to sign up and then sign in. You may want to have a look and see which one you prefer. Wordia offers short video clips and games, while wordnik offers both a dictionary and thesaurus, as well as pronunciation practice. 

Here is an example of the word  LITERACY by Kate Humble in Wordia


wordnik offers further links to online dictionaries, a selection of photos,  as well as how to pronounce the word you looked up.

Literacy and recipe: important words for us - literacy makes our mind grow and develop while recipes...I am sure I don't need to remind you how memorable a delicious recipe can be!

And so back to words and story telling. Stories are wonderful to read and to listen to. Today everyone can share their favourite stories by publishing them on their blogs or posting a recording with the aid of Audacity or Podomatic. Why not explore Storybird and share a story?

How important are stories to you? Do you have a special story you would like to share?

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