A corpus is a collection of written or spoken words from the real-world or authentic context. Therefore, the written or spoken words in a corpus can be collected from various sources such as newspapers articles, books, magazine articles, websites, television, radio, speeches, etc.
Corpus studies are generally the domain of researchers, teachers, academics (i.e. language professors) or even language professionals. In language teaching and learning, corpus studies sit under the branch of 'linguistics', and are therefore called 'Corpus Linguistics'.
Now, the team at 'EasyCorpus' is bringing this exclusive domain within the reach of ordinary people or students of English. Through a range of features, we have made it 'easy' for you to discover, learn, collect, interact, record, and use words interactively and collaboratively. Hence, we called this English language portal 'EasyCorpus' with the tagline "never be lost for words".
To this end, the EasyCorpus method is different from other language learning methods. EasyCorpus illustrates how words are used in different categories or contexts namely business, sports politics, health, entertainment, technology, travel, art, and science. In addition to this, the words or phrases are further sub-categorised according to the 'topics' within the various contexts. The topics are various real-world stories and, thus, will enable users to notice, appreciate and be aware of the range of words used within a topic. The content on EasyCorpus comprises content added by the EasyCorpus administration as well as user-generated content (called Corpusians' Contribution!).
Corpusians are individuals with a burning desire to ultimately master a language through reading, listening, writing and speaking. Corpusians have a laser-like focus to excel in language proficiency and communicate effectively. The goal is to become an articulate, skillful, competent and confident communicator by knowing how to express ideas in an exact or precise manner by using an exact or precise 'choice of words'. This will bring clarity to your communication.
Ultimately, you may be able to summon a word or phrase at will and thus, you will 'never be lost for words' in any situation where you need to communicate effectively. Indeed, people may start calling you a 'walking dictionary'. This will be the ultimate compliment to you.
By learning words or phrases in context and by topic, students will be able to communicate more confidently and proficiently when speaking, writing, listening and reading. Hence, by improving their word knowledge in various topics, students will 'never be lost for words'. Furthermore, EasyCorpus caters to various needs of different learners from basic, intermediate, and advanced levels as well as to academicians and corporate users. It is, therefore, a comprehensive platform for language learners to enhance their English proficiency.
In essence, EasyCorpus shows 'language in action', and to a certain extent answers important questions like: 1) Can I use this word in a sentence like this? 2) Which is the best word to use when I want to express this 'meaning'? 3) In which context(s) can I use this word?
The only evidence to prove whether the words or phrases can be used in a certain way is to look at EasyCorpus! You can refer to it anytime, anywhere, from all over the world. If you are not sure of a language point, you can get assistance from the Global Corpus Community (i.e. Corpus Community, Corpus Forum and the Founder's Blog) to help you reinforce your learning and understanding of the words and phrases.
As a student, I used to learn words on my own and it was a very lonely exercise. The sheer number of words that I needed to know in order to become a competent English user was overwhelming and daunting. This process of learning vocabulary can take some learning, unlearning, and relearning of words, phrases and meanings. In other words, I often forgot the new words I had learned the day before simply because the word had not stuck in my mind. Needless to say, working without the help of anybody was a very isolating experience, and because of this, it became very boring!
If fact, when you ask someone for help, chances are that he or she may give you a wrong 'meaning' to a word or phrase OR he or she may simply not know how to explain confidently 'how' to use the word in context. You are left on your own without any help. To this end, most people ultimately give up learning words consciously. When this happens, your language proficiency does not develop and the years will pass quickly until you realise one day that you are unable to express yourself clearly in writing or speaking when the situation warrants. By this time, it can be quite embarrassing if you cannot write skillfully or express your thoughts clearly and precisely as an adult. You may be denied job opportunities and promotions or even fail during the interview process because of your poor command of written or spoken English.
Fortunately, you don't have to worry anymore! You will be learning words as part of a community and help is at hand from this community which I call Corpusians!
From my experience in learning English, the stage from noticing a new word to ultimate mastery of the word will inevitably take many years to achieve. This challenging process can be accelerated if you learn words with your friends or with new friends that you meet as a member of EasyCorpus - just by being a Corpusian! This will make your learning fun and the words or phrases will stick in your mind!
EasyCorpus was created to fill a need, a pressing need I may add, to alleviate the pain that students experience. What are the pains, you may ask?