We look up words in dictionaries for their senses. Besides parts of speech and a few notes about grammar, dictionaries usually do not give enough examples to show how the words are used. Without usage examples it is often difficult to understand how a word is connected with others to make longer expressions. It is even harder to get fine distinctions of near-synonyms. The usage program that we have implemented provides guidance on the salient features of senses, collocation characteristics, and the potential of viewing a large number of sentences using the word in question.
The user of the Chinese and English Word-focused Extensive Reading can search words individually or in combinations. If they are not found, then the user will avoid using them. If they are found, then a large number of examples will allow the user to get used to the collocations and consequently to gain fluency in the language. The acquisition of lexical knowledge and the achievement of automatic language use require familiarity of the senses and usage of words. The usage program is designed to allow the user to reach language fluency by studying the use of individual words in many writings.
Chinese Word-focused Extensive Reading Help